Team Read Alumnus: John Chen

Job Title/Company: Single Family Lending Systems Administrator, HomeStreet Bank

Team Read Coach: 2006-2007 at Hawthorne Elementary School

Like many other former Reaching Coaches, this was my very first job. I didn’t know it at the time but Team Read gave me the opportunity to develop and improve many skills, one of which I consider to be extremely valuable: communication. When I was young I was very shy and quiet, but Team Read allowed for an environment that was less intimidating. It was so much easier for me to tutor and talk with someone younger and this allowed my confidence to grow when communicating with others. I feel that this program helped prepare me for the “real world” and played an important part in getting me to where I am today.