Dr. Kamauru Johnson, Rye Country Day’s Director of Counseling, was selected as NY1's New Yorker of the Week for the week of July 23 for his work leading the Horizons Brooklyn Summer Program. The seasonal enrichment program in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood aims to mitigate learning loss and send children back to school prepared and ready to learn alongside their peers.
“Summer slide” typically happens when students are out of school and not actively engaging with what they learned throughout the year, and students from under-resourced communities are more likely to be impacted. The student isolation induced by the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a significant increase in this summer phenomenon. Dr. Johnson, who joined Horizons Brooklyn 11 years ago as a reading specialist and now serves as Executive Director, has been especially focused on helping to close the learning gap caused by the pandemic.
Emphasizing academics, the arts, cultural awareness, athletics, and social-emotional growth, Horizons Brooklyn provides learning opportunities in various academic disciplines, as well as overall health and wellness youth development programming, such as swimming and confidence-boosting activities. The result is an experience that exposes students to exciting opportunities and new pathways to success and healthy development.
“This community work is extremely important to me. I look forward to it every summer. It nourishes my commitment to service, which is something I am thrilled to practice and promote as a member of the RCDS community and a firm believer in our motto Not for Self, but for Service.”
–Dr. Kamauru Johnson, Director of Counseling
Congratulations to Dr. Johnson on this recognition of his deep commitment to community, education, and student well-being. View New York 1’s full feature on Dr. Johnson here.