Coordinator of the Month: Sophie Brame
Name: Sophie Brame
Hometown: Austin, TX
College Attended / Major: Texas A&M University/BA in Sociology
HealthCorps School Placement/State/City: Westside High School/TX/Houston
Fun Fact: I can recall the eye color of everyone I meet!
Layla Ronan: How did you become involved with HealthCorps?
Sophie Brame: I heard about HealthCorps and was immediately intrigued. I was looking for a job that would allow me to connect with students while delivering vital health and wellness information and found just that in the Coordinator role. Westside is a very diverse high school, and I have enjoyed the challenge of customizing lessons and discussion groups to meet the varying needs of students. HealthCorps programs must be adapted based on school and community environments, and I am grateful for my partnerships with our classroom teachers, student clubs (Eco Club, Urban Agriculture, GSA), Culinary Arts program, and Student Support Team. I am also constantly amazed and inspired by the impact of my fellow Coordinators across the country.
LR: What has been the highlight of your placement so far?
SB: The highlight of my placement thus far has been the mentoring role I have taken on. I host Girls Lunch Group daily and teach a Guidance (homeroom) class twice a week. These small group sessions allow me to connect with female students of all backgrounds in a safe space where they can discuss anything from trials and triumphs in academics to social and family concerns. This close-knit format has provided an environment where I can deliver our mental resilience curriculum as well as a strong emphasis on healthy relationships. The positive growth I have seen in this group is by far my proudest accomplishment.
LR: Outside of the classroom, what are some of the activities that you are involved with?
SB: When I am not teaching in classrooms or hosting one of my girl groups, I enjoy collaborating with other on-campus clubs. Our Urban Agriculture club tends to our beautiful school garden, while Eco Club collects recycling campus-wide and plans camping trips. Partnering with the GSA and Culinary Arts programs has also been a pleasure. Witnessing the meaningful work and dedication put in by many of these students is really something special!
Outside of work, I enjoy art and music, playing with my dog Penny, and traveling to the Texas Hill Country to be with friends and family and enjoy relaxing time in nature!
LR: What do you plan to pursue after your service to HealthCorps is complete?
SB: After my service as a HealthCorps Coordinator, I would like to pursue an advising position, either in a high school or higher education setting. I am also completing a certificate in Health and Wellness Coaching, so I can put this to use on both individual and group levels. I would very much enjoy the opportunity to continue working with students and to carry with me the student support skills I am developing here at Westside. I know that I always want to be involved in mentoring in some way, regardless of my professional title.
LR: 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?
SB: Through the interactions I have had in this role, I have learned my own ability to adapt. Working in a diverse school of 3,000 students has certainly kept me on my toes, and I truly appreciate the different perspectives I have been exposed to. I have learned to relate to students and staff members who have completely different life stories than I do. Serving as a HealthCorps Coordinator has given me a purpose to connect with, teach, and learn from people I would not have met otherwise. This experience is further strengthening my empathy and adaptability muscles, and those will be invaluable skills in any future position I take.
We want to thank Sophie Brame for her exceptional work and congratulate her for being this month’s coordinator of the month.