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Interest

human advocacy, leadership, public speaking, storytelling, creative solutions, trail running, surfing

Work History

Nov 2013Present

Paraeducator

Menlo Park City School District

I make the learning experience as accessible as possible for students - whether it's bridging the gap between a lesson and a unique personal challenge or creating an atmosphere which allows students to explore. I work with a diverse group of youth and children, including those diagnosed with Down Syndrome, Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, ADD/ADHD, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, social and emotional disorders, learning disabilities, and physical challenges. Utilizing training in the TEACCH program as well as a heightened awareness and sensitivity to individual needs, I have executed positive reinforcement to encourage and motivate even the most frustrated or apathetic students.

Jul 2011Mar 2013

Director of Junior High

WestGate Church

  • Program Director supervising, training, and developing a team of three staff and fifteen volunteers
  • Pioneering organizational development, training curriculum, and team building to transform program
  • Increasing small group attendance by 300%, thus championing our thematic goal
  • Handling volatile emotional situations with tact: exceeding customer expectation while maintaining policy
  • Continually evaluating competing priorities and deadlines to triage projects and issues in real time
  • Networking to forge collaborative relationships, identify needs, and develop services
  • Marketing for outreach, recreational activities, public service, and fundraising
  • Innovating creative solutions to multifaceted obstacles
  • Recruiting, training, evaluating, and supervising staff and volunteers
  • Providing written material for and editing newsletter, website, blog, social media, and weekly public speaking
Jan 2003Jul 2012

Field Staff

Young Life
  • Program Manager simultaneously supervising, training, and developing two separate teams
  • Fundraising $50k annual program budget via email, social media, phone, and in person
  • Developing relevant new programs to reach at-risk communities
  • Preparing and presenting reports to director, boards, committees, councils, and public
  • Liaison between program and public: fielding inquiries and issues via telephone, email, and in person
  • Marketing for outreach, recreational activities, public service, and fundraising
  • Recruiting, training, evaluating, and supervising staff and volunteers
  • Managing multiple complex projects with varying priorities and competing deadlines
  • Research, development, implementation, and analysis of effective growth strategies and training
  • Weekly public speaking engagements translating messages for each specific audience
  • Providing written material for and editing newsletter, social media, print, and public speaking
Oct 2009Jan 2010

House Manager

City Of Refuge
  • Program Manager supervising a team of three staff providing care to over twenty children (some with special needs) who had been rescued out of slavery
  • Addressing all health, education, nutrition, and counseling needs
  • Creating program calendar and developing learning experiences for the children and community
  • Presenting reports to founder/CEO, aiding in development of Human Trafficking Prevention Program
  • Operating budget, managing cash flow, analyzing financial data, streamlining expenses for efficiency
  • Liaison between program and public: fielding inquiries via email, telephone, and in person
  • Providing written material for and editing newsletter and blog

Education

2015Present

BA Special Education

Western Governors University
Sep 2006May 2008

West Valley College
  • American Race Relations (SOC 020)
  • Marriage and Family (SOC 040)
  • Introduction to Social Psychology (PSYCH 017)
  • General Psychology (PSYCH 001)
  • Psychology of Women (PSYCH 009)
  • Introduction to Ethics (PHIL 003)
  • World Philosophy on Death (PHIL 021)
  • Introduction to Early Childhood (CHS 001)
  • Childhood and Culture (CHS 005)
  • Creative Writing (ENGL 070A)
Sep 2004May 2006

EMT-I

Mission College
  • EMT I Clinical Experience (FPT 065C)
  • EMT (FPT 065)
  • EMT Laboratory (FPT 065L)
  • Fire Behavior and Combustion (FPT 052)
  • Fire Protection Equipment and Systems (FPT 053)
  • Building Construction (FPT 054)
  • Hazardous Materials Technology (FPT 056)
  • Fire Protection Organization (FPT 051)
  • Fitness: Fire Agility (PE 004D)