There were a few ideas that came to mind when I was asked to write this blog but I think the most significant has been my recent experience as a new Program Director. This change has taken a bit of getting used to, but I am finding more and more every week that I am truly enjoying it. I respect and appreciate the increased responsibilities of being a PD. While traveling around to 6 different offices puts a lot of mileage on my car, it is great to change the scenery and see new faces almost daily! A few things that I love about this position is helping the PM’s with field trips, events and doing groups all while encouraging and watching them grow to produce their best work. I have a wonderful area of ladies and could not be more blessed with hard workers!
Another great part of this new job, and probably my favorite part, is the camaraderie among all of the Program Directors. As every social worker knows, paperwork is no picnic. This is especially true here at CIS when, at the end of the month, each of the 88-92 students has about 20 days’ worth of documentation that is turned in. The load can seem overwhelming at times. Reviewing five or six of these loads can be an even bigger trick! However, it becomes a lot easier with the knowing smile or jokes from a fellow PD who is in the same boat. When we are all together, the various personalities of the PD’s come out and create true laughter and support. Sometimes I’ll hear giggling from the office at the end of the hall and we all run down to hear the joke. (Some PD’s have ALL the jokes J). Laughing together really breaks up the hum-drum of staring at Campus Plans or Monthly Measures. We all work very hard with our different schools, schedules and staff, so coming together to share ideas and lean on one another is often times the kick we need to keep up that hard work. These girls have gotten me through some tough days with a smile on my face! This school year has been chaotic to say the least, but the importance of office humor and support from the Central Office staff has been wonderful and makes all the difference in the world. Going to a job every day to find people that make you smile is the best work of all!
Sara Isley, LMSW
Communities In Schools, GTC