Member of the Month for May 2015: Andrea Joseph
For the month of May, CCDAA would like to recognize Andrea Joseph, Vice President of Education at the California Children's Academy.
What has been most rewarding about your career in early education so far?
The most rewarding thing about my career in early education so far can’t be put into one or two sentences. Every aspect of my career has aspects, which are rewarding and challenging all at once. Sometimes it’s walking into a classroom and having the children run up to me, calling my name and hugging me. Sometimes it’s seeing the “Ah-ha” moment as a child or teacher discovers something new. Sometimes, it’s being that last line of hope for a frustrated parent who just needs to be heard. It’s all of these things and more. I can go to bed at night knowing I did “good” in the world, for the children, the staff and the families in my program.
If you could give advice to someone who is new in the administrative role, what would it be?
If I could give advice to someone new in an administrative role, it would be to join CCDAA. Not because I am a member, but because I truly believe that the support system a person fosters, by being an active member of CCDAA, can be the “lifeline” a new administrator would greatly benefit from. Additionally, tap your resources; in CCDAA, in your peers, in your mentors past and present. Never be afraid to ask questions, chances are someone else may have the same question you do.
What is your proudest accomplishment in your career?
My proudest accomplishment in my career…that’s a good question…I make it a practice to celebrate all life’s accomplishments, large and small…so none stand out. If I had to name one thing, it would be something I’m still working on…I’m in the process of learning to be a CSEFEL Teaching Pyramid Coach/Trainer, so when I become certified, I’m going to feel pretty proud.