Your Position? Behavior Support Specialist (BSS) at Learning Without Limits
What led you to your current position? When I worked at Cox in 2015, I was a lead SSA where I would train incoming SSAs before they would be sent off to their various school sites. After my first year working as an SSA at Learning without Limits in 2016, a BSS position became available, so Darrell Burns, whom was my supervisor at the time, encouraged me to apply for the position. I repeatedly told Darrell I wasn't interested, and with much push and encouragement from him, but more push than encouragement, I decided to apply and was chosen to work as a BSS at my home site Learning without Limits since August of 2017.
Fun Fact/Quote? "Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do." -Pele
What does your average day look like? I support kids in four different classrooms in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade throughout the day and I support at lunch and recess where I play kickball and or basketball with students. I finish the day off by doing documentation (mental health notes and Apricot), collaboration meetings with my students' support teams, or supervision with my two SSAs on site.
Why do you do this work? First of all, I love being around kids and watching them grow as individuals, but a lot of the students that we work with are hard work, so they often get pushed to the side and forgotten about. I feel I can really be an advocate for these students and I want to be the support that they can depend on and continue to grow to the point where they can have a feeling of success and be able to be more self sufficient. As Darrell says often, "We want to work our way out of a job" because there are many other people who can benefit from our support.
What hope do you have for the future of our program? My hope is to continue to provide our clients and school partners with tools and various interventions to help them build capacity to support students and their families, so that All-In can continue to broaden our relationships with other clients and school partners.