Coordinator of the Month: Brian Quilty
Name: Brian Quilty
Hometown: Brick, NJ
College Attended / Major: Rowan University, Health Promotion and Fitness Management
HealthCorps School Placement/State/City: Memorial High School,Millville, NJ
Fun Fact: I still drive my first car I bought in High School, a 1992 Buick Skylark. It has been 10 years and still the best $1500 I have ever spent. Also, it survived a bear attack.
Question #1: How did you become involved with HealthCorps?
Before HealthCorps, I (Brian Quilty) was a FoodCorps service member in South Jersey for two years. I assisted elementary schools in starting school gardens and did a lot of cooking and nutrition education. As my 2nd term of service was coming to a close, my supervisor at the time sent me over information about HealthCorps. After doing research I found this position would allow me to continue working with schools on improving their health and knew it would be the perfect fit for me!
Question #2: What has been the highlight of your placement so far?
It is hard to pick just one highlight from my two years with HealthCorps. Being able to see actual change in the school, such as students drinking bringing in bottles of water instead of bottles of soda has been very rewarding. In addition to that, this Spring we built a school garden in the courtyard and grew a variety of vegetables for students and staff to try. This has been a great experience for everyone, and it feels good knowing the garden will continue on for years after I have left.
Question #3: Outside of the classroom, what are some of the activities that you are involved with?
I am an avid runner! I help to run a track club in South Jersey and we do a lot of local races, and travel to some bigger ones. I also really enjoy cooking. My goal for this year was to try at least one new recipe a week. In the Spring and Summer I like to garden and use the produce to make fresh, delicious meals!
Question #4: What do you plan to pursue after your service to HealthCorps is complete?
After HealthCorps, I plan on staying in a school setting. I am working on the alternate route to get my teaching credentials, and hope to continue to make a difference in students’ lives.
Question #5: 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?
I have learned how important it is to push yourself and go outside of your comfort zone. Looking back I never thought I could accomplish so much and do some many different projects, and I am feeling more confident with future goals!
We want to thank Brian Quilty for his exceptional work and congratulate him for being this month’s coordinator of the month.