Washtenaw International Middle Academy
Will Spotts, Site Coordinator
E-Mail: BrightFuturesWIMA[at]ycschools.us Phone: 734.994.8145 x4637
Will Spotts, Site Coordinator
I am a Nationally Board Certified Science Teacher with eight years of science classroom experience teaching high school in Greenville, Mississippi and middle school in Chicago, IL. Prior to teaching, I worked as an aquatic biologist for the Kansas Biological Survey. My family moved to Michigan in 2012 and I joined the Bright Futures team shortly thereafter. I consider myself blessed to be working as a force for positive change in the lives of Michigan youth. In my spare time, I play a mean harmonica and make big messes in the kitchen with my wife Sara and two sons, Samuel and Lucas. I would like to be a better fisherman and a more patient husband and father.
Gia Jones, Assistant Site Coordinator
Gia Jones is a non-traditional educator with a Master's degree in Educational Studies. She has been working in the field of enrichment programs for over eight years. Originally from Flint, MI, Ms. Jones knows what it's like to grow up in one of the Top 10 worst cities in America. However, she credits a support network of family, friends and teachers who helped expose her to new opportunities and cultures as her inspiration to begin working with youth. When not at work she likes to experiment in the kitchen and sing loudly to her favorite songs in her car. If you see her jamming around town at a stoplight, roll down your window and sing along!
Bright Futures has quickly integrated into the culture of high achievement and perseverance at Washtenaw International Middle Academy to create an enriching, safe and exciting after-school program available for 6th – 8th grade students at our school. Our big goal is to help students challenge themselves as scholars, creators and leaders as they mature into open-minded young adults and prepare for success in high school and beyond. Our program runs Monday through Thursday from 2:35 p.m. to 5:35 p.m. Aftercare is available through WIMA until 6:00pm
Each day, students enrolled in Bright Futures participate in several key components of our afterschool program at WIMA. In addition to assistance with homework and projects, we emphasize a model that focuses on “soft skills”. We find that helping students understand that their intelligence can be developed with a growth mindset is highly effective in achieving success in middle school. A typical day consists of community building, academic time with homework help and club time. One of the most popular components of Bright Futures programming is the variety of enrichment clubs that we offer WIMA students. Typically there are four clubs offered daily that run on eight-week cycles. We encourage our students to try new things and embrace that lack of initial experience as opportunities for growth. If they are not being challenged, they are not learning.