Before I got my MSW, I spent a long time working in high school education redesign, which got me more and more interested in how our systems of education are failing our kids. I decided to pursue my MSW at UC Berkeley so I could more deeply dig into these issues and figure out ways to better to help students achieve their full potential. After I graduated, I was looking for a position that would let me work at a systems-level, but also directly with kids – being a UE coach was exactly what I was looking for!
The only time I ever got sent to the Principal’s office when I was in school was in third grade, and it was because Raven Symone was in my class and I asked for her autograph.
What does your average day look like?
My main role is to support Tier I interventions at Verde Elementary, and that looks a little different each day. I work with the Principal and the Vice Principal to implement programs, I work with our student support team to build success plans for students, I train teachers and staff members on different strategies for supporting students and implementing PBIS in the classroom, and I help students deal with conflict.
Why do you do this work?
I do this work because I was given a lot of opportunities in life based on where I was born and the color of my skin, and so many people are not afforded those same opportunities. I love working with kids, and I truly believe that schools are our best intervention points for stopping systemic inequities. Every person deserves a quality education, and I’m thankful to be in a position where I can help work towards that every day.
What hope do you have for the future of All-In?
Growth! I love the Unconditional Education model, and I hope we can implement it at more and more schools each year.