Tonya was working towards achieving her dream of becoming a childcare provider for many years. While she worked part-time as a janitor at Goodwill she attended Front Range Community College and worked hard to complete her Early Childhood Education Paraprofessional and Assistant Teacher certifications. During the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic, Tonya and her Laradon job coach had a difficult time finding a job to better fit her skill set and goals. But when the employment manager helped modify and improve her resume in October of 2021, she was hopeful.
When she and the employment manager met next, the employment manager had come prepared with several daycare job opportunities. Together they filled out an application and uploaded Tonya’s resume. Five minutes had passed when the home phone rang. It was the daycare where Tonya had just submitted her first application. The manager wanted to set up an interview! Tonya, her mom, and the employment manager were overcome with excitement. Finally, an opportunity to achieve her dream!
The next step was the interview. Tonya felt nervous answering questions, especially from people she didn’t know very well. Tonya and the employment manager practiced interviewing but Tonya continued to struggle finding her words. But the employment manager had an idea to create a reference sheet for probable interview questions and answers using pictures and symbols. It proved to be successful in helping Tonya communicate her interview answers.
When Tonya entered the interview she felt confident. She and the employment manager sat down in the manager’s office and Tonya laid out her answer sheets. After the manager asked a few questions, listened to Tonya’s responses, and gave an overview of the program she exclaimed, “Ok! We can start you at the end of November.”
Now, it’s early December and Tonya has just finished her first week at her dream job. The employment manager has watched her soothe and coax even the most rambunctious children into naps. She is a natural. Now that Tonya has found her home, she can continue spreading her love and compassion to all of the children at the daycare.