October 6, 2015 was the start of the teen tutoring program at the Malden Teen Enrichment Center (MTEC).
Arlene Ceppetelli, a former teacher at Malden High School, runs the tutoring program. Ceppetelli has been teaching for 40 years and expressed that she “[loves] working with teens,” which makes the MTEC a perfect match for her.
The program has been running since 2013 and is open to high school students as well as younger students seeking help with classwork or homework. One of Ceppetelli’s former students heard that she was doing a small tutoring program after school in her classroom while Ceppetelli was teaching at MHS. They then both decided it would be more beneficial for the students if the tutoring program was to be expanded at the teen center.
Students are able to receive help with any subject they are struggling with, including various levels of math, science, history, foreign language, english, and sometimes health. Ceppetelli wants to “help students with their academics [so that they can] become stronger students,” in order to be able to reach their full potential.
Usually if a student has a problem in a certain area of academics, teachers in MHS are known to contact Ceppetelli to try to assist that particular student. Ceppetelli looks to form to know the students on a deeper level beyond academics. She mentioned that she chats with them about what is going on in their life and what is happening at school.
Not only does this program help students improve their understanding of material they are learning in school, but it also is a great way to develop friendships. There are always activities and opportunities to socialize and have fun when visiting the Teen Center.
The program runs on Tuesdays and Thursday from 3:00pm to 5:00pm/5:30. The MTEC is open to any teens in Malden, and is located on the corner of Main Street and Ferry Street.