Your Position? I am a Bilingual Student Support Assistant at Cox Academy.
What led you to your current position?
After graduating from college, I was looking for a job that would allow me to work directly in either education or mental health care. This job was perfect because it allowed me to contribute to both at once. I also just love working with kids, especially kids who don’t usually receive the support they need to be happy and successful.
“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody”—Jane Jacobs
What does your average day look like?
I spend most of my day with a first grader in his classroom (continually tying shoes, playing tag at recess, and reminding kids how to spell “school”). I support my first grader with sensory modifications, breaks, social stories, and a sticker chart among other interventions. I also work with a Kindergartener and a fourth grader for about an hour each.
Why do you do this work?
I really believe that All-In’s model can make a lasting difference for kids who are too often left behind. I also find it very gratifying to work in a job that allows me to see concrete and meaningful results.
What hope do you have for the future of our program?
I’d love to see our program expand its presence in traditional public schools to reach even more children and improve schools in other districts.