Ten years ago, I was a stay at home mom interested in reentering the working world. I wanted a job that would provide me the flexibility to be home in the afternoons when my five children returned from school. At the time I was living in Illinois and my sister, who was an educator, suggested I research Instructional Aide positions available within our school district. Almost a decade later, I can say that was a life-changing piece of advice.
After working for eight years in Illinois, in 2016 my fiancée was transferred to California. Within a few weeks I had an interview at Spectrum and loved what the center director had to say about the Instructional Aide position and the company. I accepted the job and I’ve never felt so supported by an organization, both professionally and personally. My director is always available to answer questions and provide advice and the rest of the staff is equally as supportive.

A typical day as an Instructional Aide consists of making connections with students by assisting with academics, playing games or reading a book. When you make a connection, you become a positive reinforcement for a child and you can help students thrive.

Being an Instructional Aide with Spectrum has been so meaningful it motivated me to do more in the field of behavioral health. Over the past two years I earned my Registered Behavioral Technician (RBT) certification and I am currently completing my bachelor’s degree to become a Board Certified Assistant Behavioral Analyst (BCaBA).

If you are looking for a job with purpose and interested in making a difference in the lives of children, I recommend exploring an Instructional Aide position with Spectrum. It was definitely the right decision for me and I absolutely love my job.