Considering a rewarding career in childhood education

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BRENDAN: BENEFITS OF GOING INTO A CAREER INVOLVING EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION. HERE TO CLUE US IN HIS RENT ELLIOT. GOOD MORNING. WE’VE BEEN IN THIS FIELD FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS. I WOULD IMAGINE IT’S VERY REWARDING. YOU ARE HAVING A DIRECT IMPACT ON THE LIVES OF YOUNG PEOPLE OUT THERE. NO DAY IS THE SAME. A LOT OF TEACHERS COME IN. YOU HAVE A ROUTINE OF WHAT YOU ARE DOING IN YOUR CLASSROOM BUT YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT A FIVE AND SIX-YEAR-OLD IS GOING TO SAY. NO DAY TURNS OUT TO BE THE SAME. BRENDAN: I BET YOU ALREADY HAVE STORIES THAT WOULD LAST A LIFETIME. YOU KNOW ALL OF YOUR GUYS FROM THE TEAM ON THE RHODE SHOW. THE MAJORITY OF OUR TEACHERS IN OUR SCHOOLS ARE TEACHER ASSISTANCE AND WE PROMOTE AND DEVELOP FROM WITHIN. WE WORK WITH DIFFERENT LOCAL UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES TO GET YOU THE NEXT STEP TO ADVANCE. WE HAVE LEADERSHIP ENTERING PROGRAMS. I STARTED AS A SCHOOL AGE COORDINATOR AND NOW I WORK IN RECRUITING AND HR. WE HAVE A LOT OF GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES IN OUR SCHOOLS. BRENDAN: WHAT DREW YOU TO THIS FIELD? I LOVE COLORING. IT IS A LOT OF DIFFERENT TECHNIQUES THAT YOU LEARN AND YOU HAVE TO ADAPT. I HAD AN EDUCATION BACKGROUND AND I DECIDED TO TAKE A JOB AS AN AFTERSCHOOL EDUCATOR AND I WORKED MY WAY DOWN. I JUST FOUND THAT IT WAS A LOT MORE REWARDING TO IMPACT FIVE AND SIX-YEAR-OLDS WHO HAVE A DESIRE TO LEARN NEW THINGS AND THE ABILITY TO ADAPT TO NEW SITUATIONS A LOT EASIER. THEY ARE VERY WILLING TO LEARN AND EXPERIENCE NEW THINGS. BRENDAN: CERTAINLY THIS IS A CAREER THAT IS IN DEMAND. THERE WILL ALWAYS BE SCHOOLS. YOU NEED PEOPLE TO LEAD THE NEXT GENERATIONS. A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK OUR SCHOOLS ARE JUST TEACHERS. WE HAVE JANITORIAL STAFF, WE HAVE BUS DRIVERS AND OTHER DIFFERENT POSITIONS THAT INVOLVE BEING AROUND THE KIDS BUT NOT DIRECTLY IN THE CLASSROOM. BRENDAN: IT REALLY IS A MASSIVE OPERATION. MANY MOVING TO — PARTS. BRENDAN: DO YOU NEED A DIRECTOR OF KNAPP OPERATIONS? ANY TEACHER THAT ABOUT YOU TALK ABOUT CAN TELL YOU STORIES ABOUT KIDS THEY HAD 5, 6, 7 YEARS AGO. YOU ALWAYS REMEMBER KIDS YOU MAKE AN IMPACT ON. IT’S IMPORTANT TO HAVE THOSE ROLE MODELS. WE DEFINITELY FEEL LIKE YOU ARE DOING SOME REALLY GREAT WORK. BRENDAN: ABSOLUTELY. I COME FROM A GREAT LINE OF EDUCATORS IN MY FAMILY.

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