July Volunteer of the Month: Jessie Leach - CSPM

July Volunteer of the Month: Jessie Leach

Meg Poole, Programs Coordinator

Jessie and another Junior Docent presenting a program during her first summer as a Junior Docent in 2017. 

Jessie Leach applied to be a Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum (CSPM) Junior Docent in the summer of 2017. When asked on her application what she hoped to gain from the program she shared, “From volunteering with the museum, I hope to gain job experience. Even though I am only 13 years old, it is never too early to start looking at what a job looks like, some of the requirements and what it is like to have a boss and coworkers.” After four years as a Junior Docent, Jessie was selected to support the CSPM’s interpretive programming through an Education Internship this summer.

We have loved watching Jessie grow over the past five years. In her most recent role as an intern she has demonstrated professionalism, a thorough understanding of best practices in interpretation, and a contagious enthusiasm for local history. She has served as a wonderful role model for our Museum Discovery Program participants and helped encourage them as they tackled presenting their projects to Museum guests.

Meg Poole, CSPM Program Coordinator

Jessie has always had a passion for history, “I volunteer for the museum because I love history and I love teaching other people and helping them understand and learn.” As a daughter of a local teacher, education has always been a big part of her life. She will begin working towards her degree in Biology and Secondary Education at University of Colorado Colorado Springs this Fall and plans to become a teacher like her mother. 

One of her favorite memories during her time with the CSPM is when she studied the life of Helen Hunt Jackson and had the opportunity to portray her at the CSPM’s  “Night at the Museum” fall family event, “That was really special to me because I was able to learn more about my favorite part of our local history and then was able to tell her story as though I were her.”

In addition to her internship, Jessie stays busy mowing neighbor’s lawns and assisting with research and website design for Team Pudder with RE/MAX. She loves spending time with friends, and enjoys playing board and video games, mini golf, bowling, and escape rooms. She also makes time to get lots of reading in.

The Museum loves building relationships with young people like Jessie and helping them shape their academic and career goals. Whether students pursue history or work in museums or not, we know that they gain important skills for their futures. Most importantly, this supports the Museum’s belief that history is for everyone! We are inspired by the young people who engage with local history stories every summer. We hope that Jessie, just as she described in 2017, has picked up some new skills and an understanding of what a job is like over the past five years! We wish her the best with her studies and hope she’ll continue to visit us. We asked Jessie to share what her experience as an intern has been like this summer: 

After being a Junior Docent with the museum for four years, I have learned many things and had some amazing experiences. This program has helped me come out my shell, allowed me to meet people I never would have if I hadn’t done the program, and fed my love of learning new things. I have learned interpretation skills, communication skills, and skills that will be useful later in life. As the education intern, I have gotten a closer look at what happens behind the scenes to make a program happen. I have learned the importance of planning and setting things up ahead of time, how to organize materials so they make sense for the program, and how to create a program.

Jessie Leach, CSPM Education Intern

Jessie helps a high school student from the Museum Discovery Program develop her interpretive project. 

Portrait Photo of Programs Coordinator, Meg Poole.

Meg Poole, CSPM Program Coordinator

Interested in being an Education Intern at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum? The CSPM is looking for a Fall Museum Education Intern. Learn more and Apply Today.

719.385.5631 | Meg.Poole@coloradosprings.gov