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Meghan Smith

Paraprofessional at Woodsedge Learning Center

Work experience

Apr 2014Present


Woodsedge Learning Center

I currently work at Woodsedge Learning Center, a special education school located in Kalamazoo, Michigan. I am a paraprofessional in a classroom for the severely cognitively impaired. My job duties include busing students in the morning as well as in the afternoon, studying student feeding/behavioral files while maintaining confidentiality, changing student diapers, working with the kids on using icons, switches, and sign language to communicate, assisting students with pool/music/art/gym/etc., feeding at breakfast/lunch/snack times, collecting educational data, and so on. I absolutely adore my current job and look forward to applying the information that I learn at WMU to my career at Woodsedge Learning Center.

This job experience relates to the field of Human Services in several different ways. First and foremost, Woodsedge has taught me the importance of maintaining confidentiality and an unconditional positive regard. Secondly, serving disabled kids has introduced me to a wide variety of human services professionals such as occupational therapists, physical therapists, behavioral and speech therapists, case managers, etc. Lastly, working at Woodsedge Learning Center has taught me how to follow a code of ethics and deal with ethical dilemmas according to protocol. 

Aug 2013Mar 2014

Media Student and Children's Services Student

Willard Library

Throughout my time at Willard Library, I filled two distinct roles. In the beginning, I was classified as a media student. This meant that I worked under the supervision of Valorie Fuld in the media department of the library. My job duties included shelving CDs, DVDs, TV series, and fiction and non-fiction audio-books according to the Dewey Decimal System,  providing computer assistance to patrons, pulling holds off from the shelves and preparing them for patron pick-up, retrieving the book return, answering patron questions and assisting the public in any way that I could. Towards the end of my career at Willard Library, I worked as a children's services student. This meant that I worked under the supervision of Stephanie Boyd in the children's department of the library. My job duties included shelving non-fiction children's DVDs, audio-books, non-fiction and fiction books, and graphic novels according to the Dewey Decimal System, maintaining a presentable and organized department, assisting Mrs. Boyd in weekly programs such as the library's weekly Preschool Story-time and checking out patrons in a timely and polite manner. I thoroughly enjoyed working at Willard Library and still keep in touch with several of my co-workers.

I chose to leave Willard Library due to a change in address. I moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan in order to attend Western Michigan University. I wanted to find a job more applicable to my college major and closer to my new home. 

This job experience relates to the field of Human Services in several different ways. For instance, shelving library materials taught me how to thoroughly complete job tasks without compromising timeliness. Not to mention, many parent-child supervised visitations took place in the children's room of the library. Therefore, I learned about the importance of confidentiality and compassion. 

Jun 2013Aug 2013


Roger's Restaurant

Throughout my time at Roger's Restaurant, I filled several diverse roles. In the beginning, I focused on memorizing the menu and waiting tables. In the end, I waited tables, ran the cashier, attended the drive-thru, washed the dishes, and swept/mopped the floors. I thoroughly enjoyed interacting with the restaurant's customers and providing a clean and friendly dining experience.

I chose to leave Roger's Restaurant for multiple reasons. Firstly, the establishment lacked quality management. One cook and three waitresses (including myself) ran the entire diner. The restaurant's owners never hired on a supervisor and only showed up on pay days. Secondly, the establishment lacked organization and effectiveness. More times than not, our restaurant ran out of staple items (bread, coffee, napkins, etc.) because the owners were not present enough to know when to order more. Overall, I left Roger's Restaurant in hopes of brighter opportunities at Willard Library. 

This job experience relates to the field of Human Services in several different ways. For instance, waiting tables taught me how to interact with a wide variety of human beings. Not to mention, serving the public provided me with valuable person-to-person skills such as patience and genuineness. Lastly, working in a restaurant taught me how to prioritize my job duties, how to manage stressful situations and how to de-escalate unhappy customers.


Sep 2008Jun 2012

Pennfield High School
  • Salutatorian (Class of 2012)
  • National Honors Society Member
  • Newspaper Staff Editor (2009-2010)
Sep 2008Jun 2012

Battle Creek Area Math and Science Center
  • Straight-A Student (despite AP and accelerated courses)
  • Volunteer at the Annual Children's Water Festival
Aug 2012May 2013

Aquinas College
  • Nominee for the “Outstanding Student of 2013” Award
  • Academic Leadership Scholarship
  • Dean's List Scholar
  • Offered an internship with the Aquinas College Writing Center
Sep 2013Aug 2014

Kellogg Community College
  • Dean's List Scholar
  • Invited to join the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

At the end of the summer 2014 semester, I will earn my Associate's Degree in General Studies from Kellogg Community College.

Sep 2014Present

Western Michigan University

I will begin classes at Western Michigan University in the fall of 2014.


Excellent Interpersonal Skills
Honest and Reliable
Respectful and Approachable
Superior Work Ethic
Team Member


Gretchen Rumohr-Voskuil, M.Ed., Ph.D.
Relation: Inquiry and Expression Professor at Aquinas College
Telephone: (616)-632-2872
Email: [email protected]

Corina Moore, Owner and Operator of Roger's Restaurant
Relation: Employer at Roger's Restaurant
Telephone: (269)-788-4270

Valorie Fuld
Relation: Media Supervisor at Willard Library
Telephone: (269)-317-3490

Stephanie Boyd
Relation: Children's Room Supervisor at Willard Library
Telephone: (269)-830-9762

Dee Sinicki, Teacher of the Severely Cognitively Impaired
Relation: Current supervisor at Woodsedge Learning Center
Telephone: (269)-250-9460
Email: [email protected]