Position: Behavioral Support Specialist at Caliber beta academy
What led you to your current position? I started my journey within Seneca working as a Mental Health Counselor at James Baldwin Academy. I really enjoyed my time there and learned so much about the students we serve. As I finished my Masters degree I wanted to learn more about the overall functioning of the agency, which lead me to our human resources department. My time as a senior recruiter within the agency provided me with an understanding of the work that takes place on the back end and confidence to have tough conversations on many different levels as it related to the extremely talented folks we bring into the agency. During some point I attended a career fair with a long time All-In staff person and she told me this’ “representation is important in the classroom”. After that conversation I started to consider my place within the agency and where I would make the greatest impact, which brought me right back to direct care.
Fun Fact: I started writing poetry in 7th grade and its something I continue to do.
What does your average day look like? My average day starts with me leading a check in with a very interesting 5th grader, We discuss his goals for the day and of course he explains his lunch that particular day which often includes a pickle sandwich. From there I make my way into one of the fourth grade classrooms where I collaborate with 1 of 2 paraprofessionals I help coach. From there I typically float between the 4th and 5th grade classrooms.
Why do you do this work? The work is fun! Having the ability to support students who are struggling in many different areas is challenging but also super rewarding.