Position: Behavioral Intervention Specialist
What led you to your current position? I have the typical Senecan experiences that is solely unique to work we do. Starting as a Student Support Counselor at a charter school in Tacoma Washington lead to Crisis support Counselor working in partner with all of the charter schools in Washington. It was a whirlwind of learning from great educators and seeing systems that either supported students completely or were barriers to their access to education. A few months later and change of partnerships, I began my work with Seattle Public Schools to advocate for kids and be a systems changer.
Fun fact/Quote: "We must remember that one determined person can make a significant difference, and that a small group of determined individuals can change the course of history" - Sonia Johnson
What does your average day looks like: Average? What’s average? The key aspects of my day that I truly enjoy is creating a positive space for students to enter where they are loved and belong. I work with students to promote regulations and have greater access to their instruction. I support teachers in giving feedback and validating the work they are doing. I am included in the COST team and PBIS and am successful at being the voice of Unconditional Education.
Why you do this work? I have always wanted to work with youth. As a child with my own IEP, I felt compelled to support kids in a way I needed as a student. I aim to be an advocate and safe, trusted person who can empower youth because they are the future.