Statewide CCDAA Membership Meeting
Understanding the Eligibility and Need Regulations
Member of the Month for August 2014: Kathy Thompson
For the month of August, CCDAA would like to recognize Kathy Thompson, our long time member and Assistant Superintendent of Early Childhood Services at Shasta County Office of Education.
What is your proudest accomplishment in your career?
I have held many positions for the Shasta County Office of Education when I began my career 22 years ago there as an Early Childhood Specialist. I am proud of my work at SCOE and of being the first Assistant Superintendent of Early Childhood Services, thanks to my very progressive and supportive Superintendent.
If you could give advice to someone who is new in the administrative role, what would it be?
It’s important to be clear with your expectations for your staff, be consistent, but also be a good relationship builder. Above all else, we must be able to gain trust with children, families, and staff and having positive “people skills” is important. Also, as a new administrator, it is perfectly okay to admit when you do not have the answers, it is okay to do the research and come back with accurate information.