When a student thinks about the adults they interact with on a day-to-day basis, teachers, the school counselors, and even administrators are what usually first come to mind. Throughout their various actions, these adults have impacted the lives of many, whether it is through their teachings or just their conversations they hold, however one woman has been impacting students without the traditional “teacher” title.
Having a somewhat unique job, Ms. Fletcher is in charge of monitoring the In-School-Intervention, or ISI at North Point. An almost six year veteran of North Point, Fletcher was born and raised in North Carolina before coming to the Waldorf area. Prior to beginning work at North Point, she worked in the North Carolina school system as well as in Human Resources, specifically, the correctional system.
Being the ISI monitor, a typical day for Fletcher usually consists of making sure attendance is taken, keeping track of what people enter and exit the room, making sure that students have all the assignments they need to work on for the day, and communicating with teachers to make sure they are up to date with the progress of their students. In addition to those responsibilities, she must also keep a constant monitor on the students throughout the day, or block, escort them to NEST and eat lunch with them.
While Fletcher describes her day as “being consumed with the students”, she enjoys every moment of her profession. Fletcher describes her favorite part of the day as being able to spend time with the different students she meets every day.
“Being able to reach out to the kids and help them in some way, there’s always one that you can reach somehow.” Fletcher said after much thought “Something as simple as putting up an Edline and getting that assignment for them so they can get their work done. For that 90 minutes they’re in here, they know I’m concerned.”
While many students view ISI as a negative, Fletcher offers a unique view on the scenario. “ISI is not a punishment, it’s a step forward. Here to let them know that they’re better than this.”
With her passion for the job unconcealed, Fletcher continues to do what she does best: changing lives, one student at a time.