Coordinator of the Month: Madeleine Godfrey
Name: Madeleine Godfrey
Hometown: San Diego, California
College Attended / Major: Davidson College/Biological Anthropology and Environment Science
HealthCorps School Placement: West Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Fun Fact: I am a black belt in Taw Kwon Doe! Kiiiya!
Jeffrey Hartinger: How did you become involved with HealthCorps?
Madeleine Godfrey: While in college I had the opportunity to travel abroad to Thailand and Africa to study public health issues affecting people in other countries. During this time, the obesity crisis, particularly the effect it has on our youth, became extremely evident to me.
After returning back to the States I knew that I wanted to make a difference in the health of our youth – our country’s future leaders. I applied for HealthCorps and couldn’t more honored and proud to call myself a HealthCorps coordinator.
JH: What has been the highlight of your placement so far?
MG: I am the first ever coordinator at West Mecklenburg High School. That means that everything I do here is a first for the school and for the community. The excitement, willingness to participate and enthusiasm for the HealthCorps program has made my time here at West Mecklenburg High School both fun and extremely successful.
JH: Outside of the classroom, what are some of the activities that you are involved with?
MG: Outside of the classroom, I am responsible for the after-school cooking club, cross fit club and staff yoga club. I implemented a Grab and Go Breakfast system at West Meck through NFL Fuel Up to Play 60 in 2014. With the new system, students can grab their breakfasts from an outside cart and take their food to class. This has increased breakfast participation by 100 students. We are all excited about that at West Meck!
I am also very active in the community of Charlotte. I am a big sister in the Big Brother Big Sister program, love running outside in the beautiful city and am an active Yogi!
JH: What do you plan to pursue after your service to HealthCorps is complete?
MG: I am passionate about changing the health of communities. I haven’t figured out if the best way to solve these problems from bottom up or top down. Once I figure that out, I’ll be on my way!
I recently accepted a job as a consultant – hoping to help non-profits across the country spend their efforts and resources on achieving their missions – not on finding money.
JH: What is one thing you have learned from your placement that you will be able to carry with you as you move forward in life?
MG: Winston Churchill once said, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
I find this quote to be very relevant to my time with HealthCorps. Not everything is going to go right all the time as a HealthCorps Coordinator. One day will be a great day in the classroom and the next day everyone will be sleeping. One day 20 people will show up to yoga club and the next day two people will. One day my cooking club students will love their creations and the next day they will say, “Yuck!”
Don’t let anything keep you from trying. Dust yourself off, get up and go!
We want to thank Madeleine Godfrey for her exceptional work and congratulate her for being this month’s coordinator of the month.