As school approaches and we prepare for the youth tutoring program to begin, we wanted to take a moment to highlight the staff behind the program. Megan Wessels, the Resident Services Manager oversees 3 tutoring programs spread between Fort View, Webster Gardens and Faircliff Plaza East. She has been with THC for almost one year! Learn more about this dynamic and inspiring staff member in the following interview.
Tell us about yourself
Originally from Eastern Shore Maryland, I’ve lived in the DC Metro Area for 14 years. I first
came to this area to attend college at University of Maryland and stayed after graduating. I am the Resident Services Manager at THC. Before THC, I spent my career in mental health, social services, and housing counseling. I came to THC to bring all of my experience under one roof and to use a holistic approach to addressing the needs of families in affordable housing.
What motivates you to do this kind of work?
I am motivated by interaction with the youth and helping them learn as they grow into the future leaders of America. There is a satisfaction in providing these services to children that no money can buy.
What do you like to do for fun?
For fun, I enjoy salsa dancing, reading, traveling, and visiting museums.
Talk about an inspiring or transformative moment in your life.
I visited India during Eid al-Adha, which is a Muslim holiday, and had the opportunity to hear the call to prayer 5 times during the holiday. It was an enlightening moment that allowed me to become more open-minded to other cultures and beliefs.
What inspires you?
The possibility of positively impacting a person’s life
What does your self-care look like?
Relaxing near water, writing, pampering myself with a spa visit, and meditation
What do you enjoy most about working at THC?
Building a connection with the residents
What is one of your favorite THC memories?
During one particular evening, youth yoga was scheduled. As each children walked in, they were inquisitive about the idea of yoga and were curious about the different poses. Seeing the kids actively participate and enjoy the session was a truly memorable experience for me.