Position: Unconditional Education Coach, Los Angeles Education Program
What led you to your current position? I have worked actively in the education sector for the last 12 years assisting with students of all demographics and helping them to cultivate the tools and skills they need to be successful. I have mentored hundreds of youth and designed programs to address their specific needs, and empowered them to overcome adversity. Leading, influencing, and educating have always been things I have been passionate about so it was no surprise that when I saw the post for this position, I didn’t hesitate to jump at the opportunity. Seneca’s core values align with that of my own and it has been an extraordinary opportunity to learn from individuals from all walks of life coming together for common good and radical change. It was a big transition moving across the country, but I am grateful I did because my Seneca family has made the process a lot smoother.
What inspires you to do this work? God has shown me a lot as I have actively sought to realign and create an extended vibration of love and light into this world. I am inspired by the students and staff I work with. I am inspired by their stories, which sometimes aren’t different from my own. I am inspired by the idea of helping shift mindsets around education, behavior, and the role that social emotional learning plays in all of it. It’s not about escaping negative emotions. It’s using the anger, frustration, and pain in a way that acknowledges those feelings, honors them, and channeling them into something transformative and phenomenal. This is my hope; this is what inspires me.
What is a recent highlight you’ve experienced in the work or an important lesson you’ve learned in this role? A recent highlight for me is the excitement and anticipation around some of the things on campus that I've been supporting. I help facilitate Social Skills groups twice a week and the students are always eager to engage in the group. I am also piloting a Student Senate to promote student voice and empowerment on campus and have been receiving positive feedback from staff and students about upcoming elections and events.
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