Began at Teachwell:
Why did you choose this field?
I chose this field because I enjoy working directly with people, as well as being able to the see the direct impact I along with a whole team of staff can make in someone's life.
What did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I was never a kid that decided on just one thing, but I always knew I wanted to work with people. My senior year of high school I thought I was going to be a nurse. My first three years of college I thought I was going to be a teacher, and going into my senior year of college I switched my major to psychology. I still don't know what I want to be, but I do know that I want to continue to help others.
What or who most inspires you?
My mom inspires me the most.
I believe Teachwell is a wonderful company that values the importance of education. I love that way the company facilitates learning at the highest level to help all students reach their greatest potential.
What are you proudest of?
I am most proud of my siblings and their children for upgrading my name to Auntie Syd.
How do you hope to make a difference?
I hope to make a difference by making all students feel seen, heard, and respected. Through this students will find the enjoyment in learning, and know they are in a safe place.
What lessons has your work life taught you?
Through working I have learned that showing up every day with a positive mindset can make all the difference.
What is your background? Experience, degrees, skills, etc.?
I have my Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Bemidji State University. I spent my first 3.5 years of college pursuing Social Studies Education and basketball coaching before making the switch to Psychology. While in college I worked as a Direct Support Professional in a residential setting for adults of all abilities. During this time I was also involved with Special Olympics of Minnesota both as coach and unified partner. I am currently coaching girls basketball at Washington High School.
People would be surprised to know that . . .
despite the fact that I was viewed as an athlete the majority of my life I am deeply inquisitive.