Pros: students, colleagues, campus climate and benefits
Cons: long hours, understaffed and inadequate operational funds
Typical days revolved around strengthening the educational climate for the K-12 population. Sometimes we were dealing with state and city issues and other times the US Department of Education funding and political matters. The afternoons, weekends and summers were all about the students we served. I had the opportunity to learn organizational and management skills, conflict mediation, data collection input and analysis, as well as, STEM programming. My Director was my biggest supporter and vested mentor. My immediate co-workers, were both my advisors and supportive family. The hardest part of the job was fighting for continued funding, working 13 to 16 hour days during grant writing, college application and Financial Aid season. Being with the students is the highlight of the job. Helping them to prepare for college, open their eyes to the career possibilities in STEM and ultimately enrolled into college is the greatest feeling of accomplishment for students, staff and parents.