Let’s address the first questions: Education/Training/Certification
- Degree: Bachelor of Science Psychology – Old Dominion University
- Certificate: Early Childhood Care Education Basics (college CDA) – Chattahoochee Technical College
- Insured for liability
- Trainings: Numerous including 40+ hours under Marine Corps Family Child Care license program (my first program in 2005), multiple trainings to work with individuals with disabilities as a direct support professional, recognizing abuse/neglect, working with families, inclusion, and ongoing trainings
- First Aid/CPR/AED certified
- Author of three childcare books – one for providers, one for parents, and a workbook for ECCE students
- ChildCare Experience: 25+ years – includes working as a provider, assistant provider, nanny, baby-sitter, volunteer in nurseries
- Teaching: homeschooled children for a few years; gave piano lessons; mentor/tutor in Richmond public school system almost 2 years
- Bible: written about 100 topical studies; admin in two online Bible groups, assisted Sunday and Vacation Bible Schools
- Social Services: Direct Support Professional/Customer Service Advocate for several years; worked with individuals ages 3 – elderly who were homicidal/suicidal and/or diagnosed as having psychological, intellectual, physical, and/or sexual disorders/disabilities
Why Did I Choose to Become a Provider?
It’s really simple. I wanted to combine my three passions – Bible, childcare, social services (helping families). I have always done some kind of work from home. I have a lot of things I like to do and things I like to introduce to others, so this allows me the flexibility of giving children those experiences (ex. learning about life on a farm and getting to do farm work). This gives me a chance to combine most of my interests in one place.