Position: Clinical Intervention Specialist
Working with children has always been a passion of mine. I began mentoring middle schoolers in high school, tutoring high school students while in college, and became an elementary school teacher the year after completing my undergraduate education. While teaching sixth grade in North Richmond, it became apparent that I needed to know more than the curriculum to reach these students and empower them with the skills they would need to be successful in life. After clearing my teaching credential, I pursued my MA in Counseling Psychology. I continued teaching for three years after receiving my graduate degree. It wasn’t until Seneca came to my school site, Verde Elementary, that I felt motivated to put my degree to work. The principles of the Unconditional Education model were so congruent with my beliefs that I was immediately interested in learning more about Seneca. I am pleased to have joined the Seneca team in July of 2017.
Reflective of our kiddos:
“You wouldn’t ask why a rose that grew from concrete had damaged petals. On the contrary, you would admire its tenacity to reach the sun.” -Tupac Shakur
“My mission in life is not to merely survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” -Maya Angelou
What does your average day look like?
My average day starts around 7:45am. I arrive at either school site, chat with the secretaries, and make my way to the therapy area to set up for the day. I make a quick “to do” list for the day and get started. Depending on the day, I pick up kiddos to provide ERMS services, run drop in hours from the referral list, or conduct social skill groups. Of course, no day is complete without checking emails, calling parents, hallway consultations with teachers, checking in with administration, and documentation.
Why do you do this work?
I do this work because of the smiles and the hugs and the small successes that happen every single day.
What hope do you have for the future of All-In?
I hope that the All-In program continues to grow and expand partnerships with schools all over. There are so many kiddos that need the support of the Unconditional Education model. I hope that soon these services will be available for all students.