Your Position: Behavior Support Specialist
What led you to your current position?
As a student support assistant, I observed how systemic issues in the public school can impact a student’s success. Within the All In program I believe we make an impact by not only providing social emotional supports in the classroom but we also advocate for a student’s success when there are systemic , cultural and classroom issues. These experiences have inspired me to grow as a leader within the agency to continue to support students and provide insight as a person of color.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”- Maya Angelou
“Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change”. – Brene Brown
What does your average day look like?
My day starts out by checking in with my team about concerns, highlights, or changes related to the students that we are working with within the collaborative program and plan for the day. I then support kinder teachers with classroom/behavior management by coaching, providing feedback or facilitating community circles to create a social emotional support environment for all students. I facilitate collaboration meetings with student’s support team ( teachers, student support assistant, therapist, speech therapist,etc.) to discuss progress, interventions, and goals for students under the collab model. I also supervise and provide training for the student support assistants at Wilson Elementary School.
Why do you do this work?
Throughout the years within Seneca, I have recognized how the community around me has helped me to thrive and persevere through many challenges. For this reason, I continue to do this work because it is important to build a community around the families we support to help them be successful when experiencing adversity.
What hope do you have for the future of the program?
I hope that the program will continue to advance their goals with Diversity, Equity and inclusion by expanding the ways we empower communities and staff of color.