Tashinee Hooks is an intern at First Book and a former student at Wheatley Elementary School, a First Book recipient group. Here’s what Tashinee had to say about how her experiences at Wheatley Elementary prepared her for high school and her internship.
My experience at Wheatley Elementary School
My experience at Wheatley was amazing. The teachers seemed like they were life-long friends, which made the school welcoming and inviting. When new children or teachers came to Wheatley, they quickly became part of the Wheatley family. Even though I don’t attend Wheatley anymore I still do what I can to help make the school an even better place.
Where I am Now: McKinley Technology High School
I am currently 14 years old and am in the 9th grade at McKinley Technology High School where I take double the amount of classes I took in middle school. My busy schedule helps my days go by smoothly. My favorite subjects are English, Spanish, Biotech and Math.
If I could give advice to any student entering high school I would let them know that high school can be really confusing at first. But, trust me, the hard work will pay off.
Interning at First Book
I learned about First Book through Erica Perl, who used to teach creative writing at Wheatley and now works at First Book. A few years later Erica contacted me and asked if I would be interested in interning. I of course said yes and a few weeks later, began interning at First Book. I was excited because I love being surrounded by books!
As an intern, I do a variety of things from working on the computer to organizing the books in the office. One of the other things I’m going to do during my internship is write book reviews of books that will be available on the First Book Marketplace or through the First Book National Book Bank. I’m reading ‘Shadowland’ by Alyson Noel now and when I finish I’ll tell you all about it!
My Book Recommendations
I really love the Twilight saga by Stephanie Meyer. She is one of my favorite authors!