I felt like all of my skills were utilizied at Head Start.
Office Program Assistant (Former Employee) – Pensacola, FL – April 12, 2017
The best thing about working at Head Start was the relationships I built with my co-workers. I am still good friends with many of these people and I treasure our experiences.
I wore many hats, and often, almost every day, I would be able to walk across the hall and help in other departments when needed. I was invaluable throughout the agency, and I got a chance to troubleshoot multiple problems as well as bring about timely solutions with creative thinking.
The hardest part of my job was probably being in a semi-management role, and having to keep everyone calm when crisis set in. We had a tornado hit one day, and all of the kiddos were lined up in the hallway, some screaming and crying. It was my job to try to keep them calm and distracted.
The stress was sometimes tough to deal with. Deadlines existed every day to get lots of projects and reports done on time. I feel like I had a lot of help, though. My friends would always pitch in when needed.
Upper Management was the same there as anywhere: often times hard to deal with. You just have to keep going in the right direction and take it all in stride.
The workplace culture was fun and exciting. I had fun almost everyday. During all holidays there were always fun games to play, crafts to create, and parties to plan. That was the most surprising part, I think. Having these wonderful ladies love you so much that every year they would plan a surprise birthday party for me. It was the best time of my life. I miss it dearly.
Fun, exciting, ever-changing routine, the ladies
management over-ruling things that were in place before them