Position: SpED Program Assistant
What led you to your current position? I'm really interested in the connection between psychology and education. I learned a lot working with students with IEPs last year as a mental health counselor. This year, I wanted to expand my knowledge on the process of IEPs and understand a more in-depth look at its compliance. I knew that most parents I'd work with were Spanish speaking, and I wanted to support families in feeling included in the IEP process despite the language barrier.
What inspires you to do this work? The IEP process can be a bit tricky at times but it's rewarding to know that I am helping in making the process more accessible for the parents and students I work with. Hearing and reading about the positive progress students are making in their educational goals makes me so proud Within the operational side of my role, I'm inspired by my PA team who works really hard to maintain positive structure within our program, especially in times when there are things out of our control.
What is an important lesson you’ve learned in this role? An important lesson I've learned in this role is the importance of building positive and meaningful relationships within the workplace. Being in admin role can sometimes feel lonely (especially during WFH) but throughout it all I've met some wonderful people on my team who have helped me grow as a leader and expand my communication skills. Although I have not met most of my team in person, I feel a sense of community as I know we all strive to advocate for the students and families we work with. Whether it's hearing how a student is doing, checking in with a co-worker, or having impactful conversations in meetings, I'm grateful for it all.
Share your life motto: I always tell myself "one day at a time/un dia a la vez". Every day brings new rewards and challenges, and it's comforting to know that there is always a new day ahead.