Latham Profiles: Kristina Law
Children’s Substitute Supervisor
What do you enjoy most about your job?
After 14 years of employment here I can honestly say there is so much that I enjoy. I truly enjoy the fact that each day is different and I have learned something from the students every single day. After working 12 years in residential direct care, I am now a supervisor and I enjoy being able to pass on years of experience and knowledge that I have received form all of the amazing students and wonderful co-workers.
Describe a few of your responsibilities and how you spend much of your time.
I am currently supervising the substitute staff for children’s services. I also do the scheduling for Children’s services staffing. Making sure each shift is covered with the appropriate number of staff and arranging for all of the student transportation needs. I do miss the working directly with the students though, so you can often find me stopping to chat with them or helping out whenever I can.
What skills are most important for professionals who work with individuals with PWS or other complex special needs?
Patience, common sense and thinking on your feet.
What are the most important lessons you attempt to teach new staff?
Ask every question that pops into your head!! You can’t learn if you don’t ask.
Seeing the students reach their goals and knowing that you had a part in helping them succeed is the best feeling. However, this takes time and patience and doesn’t happen overnight. If you don’t’ give up on them they won’t give up either.
What do you love about working with individuals with PWS or other complex special needs?
I love seeing them learn and grow. It can be a long process to see them meet their goals but when they do it is amazing!! The longer you work here the more progress you can see in each student. Their courage and hard work is truly inspirational and I have learned something from every student that I have worked with.
Has this job taught you anything about yourself?
This job is constantly teaching me about myself. I am mentally stronger than I ever thought I could be. I can remain calm in any time of crisis. I have also learned that if the students here can reach their goals with all of the road blocks and detours that they that have had to overcome then, so can I. And most importantly keep moving forward no matter what.
How do you spend your time when you’re not working at Latham?
I enjoy spending time with my family. I can already tell that my two daughters are born caregivers, It must be in the genes.
What advice would you give to someone contemplating a career at Latham Centers?
Even if you aren’t sure this exactly what you want to do, you really should give it a try!! That is what I did, I wasn’t sure and now here I am 14yrs later!!
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