CCDAA Fall Technical Assistance
CCDAA Great Administrators Seminar
Member of the Month for October 2015:
Congratulations to our October Member of the Month, Trudy Adair-Verbais. Trudy is the Director of Child Development Programs, Santa Barbara County Education Office at Santa Barbara Partners in Education. As Central Section President, Trudy is a true role model for Early Childhood Educators. We asked Trudy a few questions about her rewarding career:What has been most rewarding about your career in early education so far? It is very difficult to choose one thing that has been the most rewarding. There are in fact many things that have been rewarding or I would not have committed 40 years of my life to this profession. I find it incredibly rewarding to have had the opportunity to work with dedicated, inspired, forward thinkers. And, to work with people who believe "in being the change that you want to see". It is rewarding to know that every day I have the opportunity to make a positive difference in the life of a child, a parent, and staff members by providing quality early education opportunities and experiences. The opportunity for me to be challenged, to reach beyond what I thought might be possible has been rewarding. And, it has been rewarding to learn and grow so much as a professional. To be involved in so many different aspects of quality: NAEYC Accreditation, QRIS, the Outdoor Classroom, Preschool Foods Initiative, Reflective Practice and more. Finally it has been rewarding to serve as a Consultant to support agencies and individual centers in their journey of State Accountability, supporting Curriculum, Quality Improvement activities, and staff and teacher training.
If you could give advice to someone who is new in the administrative role, what would it be? My advice would be, be flexible and be kind to yourself. Our work is simultaneously stressful and rewarding. I would advise that they follow the advice found in the book "The Four Agreements"; Don't take things personally, Always do your best, Be impeccable with your word, and Don't make assumptions.
What is your proudest accomplishment in your career? I think the answer to this question is very similar my first answer. I do have to say I am very proud of the fact that all 10 of my centers are QRIS rated at a star rating of 4 or 5,and that all six of our State Preschool centers have been NAEYC Accredited three times in succession. I am also very proud of our efforts to support quality in our Alternative Payment Programs, assisting parents to utilize the highest quality care that meets their need to achieve self sufficiency and their child's need for quality developmentally appropriate early care and education services.