What led you to your current position: Growing up, I have always been drawn to working with children and families. I graduated college with my bachelor's degree in education thinking I might have a career as an elementary school teacher. I also had a strong pull to dive deeper in learning about the mental health field and the mysterious ways the brain works. My dream was to find a position that combined the two in which I stumbled upon Seneca, who would be the best fit for me to explore my career interests. Working and being in a school is quite grounding for me, so I immediately felt at home when I stepped onto my school's campus. I get the opportunity to use my educational background when I'm in the classrooms while discovering the ways in which kids respond behaviorally in the school setting.
What inspires you to do this work: I feel inspired everyday to continue doing this work, mainly due to the staff and kids that I am surrounded by. Everyday is a new adventure and is unexpected, which keeps me on my toes and thrilled to explore what a new day will bring. The clients that I serve have opened their hearts to me and have allowed me to take a peek into their lives and for that, I continue wanting to support kids and families especially in the San Francisco area.
What is a recent highlight you’ve experienced in the work or an important lesson you’ve learned in this role: Now that I'm onto my second year in my current position, I have learned a handful of important lessons. I have learned how to be patient in times where it feels the most difficult, I have learned how to be a positive role model for young kids who are looking to feel safe, and I have learned to embrace and grow from whatever life throws at me.
Share your life motto or something unique about yourself: I have perfected the art of making a grilled cheese, so delicious!