Chief Program Officer for CBD for nearly 2 years
From Mt. Kisco, New York
Recently traveled to Montana and Wyoming for vacation
Now reading "The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates"
Formerly a middle school teacher
Oversees all implementation and quality control of educational programs at CBD (Early Ed, Out of School Time, and College Connections)
Q: What previous job or training best prepared you to work here?
Being a teacher, in particular a middle school teacher, taught me how critical it is to: have a well thought out plan based on the current data; have high expectations for all students; facilitate the work, monitor progress and provide feedback to celebrate success; and determine opportunities for growth. All while simultaneously ensuring everyone is engaged and feels supported.
Q: What has been the hardest part about transitioning to your job with CBD?
Shifting mindsets from being a service oriented organization to outcomes and impact oriented one is an ongoing challenge.
Q: What did you have to learn to do in order to be able to be effective?
I had to learn to give up control (and am still working on it)!
Q: What has surprised you most since starting your work with CBD?
As a Dorchester resident, I was aware of College Bound Dorchester’s work in the community. However, I did not realize how far reaching and deep the impact of College Bound’s work really is for the neighborhood until I began working here. It seems everyone in Dorchester has a College Bound connection!
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