Position: Learning Specialist & Case Manager at New School of San Francisco
What led you to your current position?: A whole lot of changes! I have worked at several different sites since starting Seneca in 2010 including James Baldwin Academy, MAC SELPA, Building Blocks, Cox Academy, and now I'm at my third San Francisco school site. I've grown from a mental health counselor and teacher's aide at JBA, to a co-teacher in MAC SELPA, to becoming the lead teacher in the Kinder/1st Class at Building Blocks. During these first few years, I simultaneously earned my Education Specialist Credential. Upon deciding I was ready for a change after 3+ years at Building Blocks, I joined All-In! and became a Case Manager and Academic Intervention Specialist.
Fun Fact: I love celebrating what may seem like insignificant food holidays like National Taco Day, National Ice Cream Day, and National Coffee Day!
Quote: "The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday."
What does your average day look like?: No two days look alike for me! On average though, I'm typically hopping from class to class to deliver academic support to individual and groups of students, while tackling my to-do list in between. When I'm not working directly with students, I am collaborating with teachers, trying to stay on top of emails, and supporting classrooms where I can.
Why do you do this work? I know it sounds a little corny but I deeply care about the kids. I care about their academic achievement but I genuinely care about their personal investment in their own education. The best part of my day is when I see a student who is proud of themselves and has fun when they're learning.
What hope do you have for the future of All-In? I hope that All-In continues to provide supports in both public and charter schools, and counseling enriched environments. I hope that All-In continues to focus on building sustainable supports and programs in environments where we already exist as opposed to spreading out to new schools to provide watered-down care.