April 15, 2021 - What surprised you the most about the job?
I think the variety of kids that we have surprises me. When I first started, we had kids that were 11 years old and 21 years old; different functioning levels. We have special ed kids. I had a student in another class who put together a crane and it works with batteries, with reverse and forward. I had to help a little bit. I think kids, if you let them surprise you, will surprise you, in a good way.
March 15, 2021 - “It was last year when I started listening and taking people’s advice and using it and I stopped doing my bad behavior. [It took] a lot of hard work and time. I learned that not everyone is bad and that you can trust people and that’s what helped me.” — Montana, Brookside., Highpoint
February 12, 2021 - “I’m proud that I’ve come such a long way in my math work. Math used to frustrate me because I never understood how to do it. I got to this moment because I have a teacher that helped me understand math better, and because I learned to deal with my frustrations and use coping skills instead of refusing work.” P., Highpoint
January 14, 2021 - What are the happiest or more rewarding moments for you?
Successfully transitioning the students to their adult program. And thinking that they wouldn’t be able to, then working with the staff and then being able to successfully transition them.
December 10, 2020 - Do you have any favorite stories about the students or staff?
...Before she left Hillcrest, she asked if I could go down to her party. It was Recognition Day. So obviously I was going to go. And when I got there, she was so excited to see me that she came running over. “He’s here, he’s here!” She was excited to see me because...
November 17, 2020 - On Tuesday, November 3rd, student after student sat herself down in a trifold voting booth to cast her campus ballot. Pen in hand, she had the opportunity to vote for her preferred presidential candidate; her choices for Brookside mascot, colors, and motto; as well as her choice on a range of political issues. One hundred percent of the student body participated in the election...Learn More
October 14, 2020 - COVID-19 has had an impact on just about everyone, affecting the way we do our jobs, socialize, relax, and move about the world. And adults aren’t the only ones affected. Children are too. Many kids are not in their classrooms, playing with their friends, and getting out their excess energy. While day to day life does look different for students in our residential setting, our students are also tired, restless, and eager to do something fun....Learn More