Position: Student Support Assistant at One Purpose Elementary School in San Francisco.
What led you to your current position? Prior to being in All-In. I worked through SF Connection supervising visits and supporting short term services. I noticed that I loved the feeling of working within a school setting and wanted to work in a place where I could build a relationship with students that lasted large than 3 months which led me to All-In.
Fun Fact/Quote: Fun fact: In 5th grade I was unbeatable for a entire school year at tether ball.
What does your average day look like? Every day is different. I start my day with completing notes or debriefing with staff regarding an incident or conversation with students, parents or teachers from yesterday. Then, I go check in with some students to get a feel for what type of support they may need for the day. I then support in 1st grade during writing block to support students with their frustration tolerance as they are continuing to learn how to spell words. I then go to kindergarten where the primary focus is to practice keeping hands to yourself and remaining with the class. There is a lot of restorative conversation in the morning before going to lunch and recess. Supporting recess = conflict resolution as many of the afternoon conflict begin on the yard. Luckily, I am able to then eat lunch and jot down some notes of the day. Lastly, I support 2nd grade for a block of writing and math centers but if students are doing well and need limited support I become a floater and begin to support students who are in the hallway or wellness center. At the end of the day, I check out with 2 students and review their tracker to see if they met their goal for the day which would lead me to have 5 minute dance party and picking out a cool Pokémon coloring sheet to print out. As the tracker is also connect with rewards and consequences at home, I text parents the update for the day to increase transparency and consistency with families. I then check in with teachers or run to the office to take a breather and write some notes.
Why do you do this work? I simply want to support students and families in accessing their right to education regardless of behaviors, etc.