5 Questions with Sabrina Williams, PGCS Teacher’s Assistant
1. What part of your job as a PGCS Teacher’s Assistant are you most proud of?
I am most proud of being able to make a difference in a child’s life. The children are the reason I come to work every day; they inspire me. As a teacher’s assistant, I am a vital part of the class team and provide encouragement, support, and enthusiasm to the students. I’m grateful for the smiles I see every day.
2. How did you feel when you were awarded the 2013 ASAH Region 2 Finalist for Paraprofessional Service Provider of the Year?
It was an amazing honor to be nominated by my peers and to have their admiration for a job we all do well. The award is not just about me, it’s about the team here at PGCS that, day in and day out, works tirelessly to give our students the best of ourselves.
3. What brought you to P.G. Chambers School?
As an undergraduate at Kean University, I was introduced to PGCS as a summer volunteer. After I graduated with a degree is psychology, I knew that PGCS was the place for me. I am currently applying to graduate school for educational technology and, hopefully, will bring new insights to my class and the school.
4. What positive changes have you seen in the 5 years you’ve worked at PGCS?
Over the years there has been an increase in cross curriculum collaboration; therapists, teachers, and teacher’s assistants working towards a common goal. In addition, technology, including a SMART board in every classroom and iPads for many of our students, plays an integral role in our daily routines and lessons. Technology is allowing us to provide children with additional ways of learning and growing. I’m proud to work at such an amazing school and be surrounded by smart and caring staff and dedicated and involved parents.
PGCS now has a social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and a Word Press blog; something we didn’t have 5 years ago. Through social media, new donors and supporters know about the school. Social media is providing a real-time place for everyone to see what goes on every day at PGCS.
5. What motivates you?
My strongest motivation is my family. They are my biggest supporters, they don’t judge me, and love me for me. My Mom keeps me driven, on track, humble, loving, caring, strong, and reminds me to never give up, and above to work hard. She pushes me to learn as much as I can. She is my most inspiring cheerleader and, as a parent, she wants nothing but the best for me. When you come from a big family you are around all different types of personalities and you know how to have fun, which is one thing I have carried over from my family into my work ethic. Love what you do and have fun doing it…