Meet Our New Summer Education Intern, Renessa!
Learn a little about Renessa and how she is helping CMoR in exciting ways!
Published on June 9, 2022
Hello CMoR community! Thank you for welcoming me and I am so excited to be interning at the Children’s Museum of Richmond this summer!
I am a recent graduate of James Madison University (Go Dukes!) but I currently attend Tufts University in Somerville/Medford, Massachusetts as a graduate student in the Museum Education program.
In my spare time, I am an avid reader, movie-goer, artist, and carpool karaoke singer. I also love walking the trails at Deep Run Park and practicing yoga.
Now for a little Q & A…
How do you connect to the museum’s ideas on ‘play’?
As an educator, my goals are to:
- Foster experiences of self-guided discovery based on exploration, free-play, and hands-on activities that allow children to create personal conclusions and new ideas
- And promote connections between personal experiences, identity, culture and our space/environment, which flows quite well with my summer projects!
What will you be working on this summer?
During my time here I will be continuing the museum’s goal of supporting caregiver-child interaction by making Exhibit Guides.
So, if you see an Exhibit Guide, I encourage you to pick one up and see what fun you and your child can have!
Another project I will be working on is creating post-visit activities to share with teachers to deepen learning and informational connections after field trip visits to the museum.
You may also find me supporting a field trip in the museum, in the art studio, or at a community event organized by CMoR!
Now, what’s your favorite place in the museum?
That’s a tricky question! My office is in the Art Studio so I love seeing the carousel every day on my way in. As a child, I was afraid of riding the carousel by myself because of the up-and-down motion but with my parent’s encouragement and modeling of play, it now reminds me of my resilience to conquer my fears.