Position: Unconditional Education Coach
What led you to your current position? After working as a classroom teacher, I realized that one of my favorite things about the position was the unique ability to create meaningful relationships with each student and to build a safe learning environment and close-knit classroom community. It seemed like stepping into the UE Coach role was a natural transition, as I could help to build these same things, just on a larger scale!
Fun Fact: I used to sing and would perform the National Anthem at local sporting events!
What does your average day look like? In the morning and at the end of the day, I facilitate CICO with a number of students. I also facilitate monthly and weekly meetings and spend a whole lot of time in classrooms. Sometimes I accompany classes on field trips, or I step in when teachers are absent. This year, I spent a lot of time getting to know staff and collaborating with community organizations that serve our students. Often, the school principal will ask me to do projects or run meetings, which keeps me on my toes!
Why do you do this work? It's funny because I told myself I would never be an educator like so many of my family members. However, no matter where I was or what job I had, I always made time to serve youth in some capacity. So, here I am, and I really enjoy what I do!
Working in the school setting allows me to have consistent time with each student. I love to celebrate the small successes, which means that I get to celebrate most days! How cool is that?! That's why I do this meaningful work!