Position: Student Support Assistant (SSA) at Learning Without Limits
What led you to your current position? In college, I became really passionate about fighting social injustices and have always been passionate about mental health; plus I love working with kids! I felt that the All-In! Program gave me the opportunity to help individuals gain the skills and resources needed to be successful while allowing me to fight inequality and oppressive systems.
Quote: "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela
This quote is highly related to the work that we do. Every day, we show up to work finding new creative ways to help our students access education. We are supporting them in gaining the tools they need to change the world!
What does your average day look like? On my way to school, I listen to my current favorite playlist to help me get mentally prepared for the day. When I arrive at school, I grab a walkie-talkie and check in with my team. I live in the world of second grade. I mainly work with three students in the second grade supporting them in gaining the self-regulatory skills necessary to be successful in the general education classroom. I also support them in navigating social interactions with peers and adults. I see one of my students once a week for a social skills group, and we utilize different art projects to work on self-regulatory skills. I also try to sprinkle in music throughout my students’ days, especially during positive breaks! Whenever I have extra time, I make my way up to the 4/5 hallway and support our older students. I end my day in the learning lab with collaboration, documentation and meetings.
Why do you do this work? I do this work to promote inclusivity, to advocate for those who do not have the opportunity to speak up for themselves, and to empower others!