Position: Bilingual Outpatient Clinician at Elmhurst Community Prep and Alliance Academy (Middle Schools)
What led you to your current position?
I was an intern with Seneca for 2 years before becoming full time. I entered my Master’s in Social Work program with the specific intention to work in schools, so my first year internship with SOAPS was a perfect fit. I loved the people I worked with and the level of support I received. In my second year I interned with All-In and I loved that too! Through both of these internships I discovered my love of working with middle and high-school students. When I graduated I knew I wanted to stay in a school based Seneca position, but I was struggling to decide between All-In or SOAPS. Luckily, they merged and I was fortunate enough to be offered a position with SOAPS that had everything I wanted.
I have three grandkids, and I’m also a DJ. Feel free to ask me questions about this in person!
What does your average day look like?
I arrive at school at 8am and spend a few minutes walking around to greet my co-workers and any early students. If I have time I get caught up on emails. I see kids individually throughout the school day, and when I’m not with them I engage in collateral conversations, offer in class support, and attend meetings such as IEPs, SSTs, and COST. In the later afternoons I spend time connecting with parents/caregivers and getting caught up on notes. I try to leave between 4 and 4:30pm and most days I succeed J
Why do you do this work?
I love kids. I find them hilarious, ridiculous, brilliant, sweet, creative, and resilient beyond belief. Also, I had a school counselor who was incredibly meaningful to me in high school, and she demonstrated unconditional positive regard towards me at a time when nobody else in my life had that to offer. I remember vividly how safe I felt in her office. I hope to provide a similar feeling of safety and trust to the students and schools I work for. These two reasons combined bring meaning and joy to my days and that’s why I love what I do!