Staff Spotlight: Ashley Pouliot reflects on our Latham Community

Admissions Assistant Ashley Pouliot joined the Latham Centers team just one year ago, and she has already made quite an impact. She wears many hats, from Virtual Social Hour scheduling to new-parent contact to videographer. Director of National Outreach Katrina Fryklund interviewed Ashley for our Staff Spotlight, noting that “we can’t thank Ashley enough for her hard work and dedication to Latham Centers’ mission.”

What is your favorite thing about working at Latham Centers?

Ashley: There are many favorites. One is seeing the kids on Storytime and Social Hour. You can tell this has been something that children look forward to. They have been able to build relationships and friendships with peers from around the country and are always so involved, whether it’s their night to read, socializing, or dancing and participating in the mindfulness.

What was your favorite day thus far at Latham like?

Ashley: My favorite day thus far at Latham is the first student intake I was a part of; seeing the student so happy to be at Latham, their parents’ joy, and being so excited to join his peers and meet new friends.

You are the first Admissions Team member to be awarded Staff of the Month at the monthly Student Community Meeting. Congratulations! How did that feel?

Ashley: I was very excited and honored. I work amongst a group of exceptional co-workers. They have all taught me so much working at Latham, and the staff here really amaze me every day. The direct care staff make every day so memorable for the students. I am so impressed by the dedication and commitment that our staff have in support of our incredible student community.

How would you describe the Latham Community to someone new to Latham Centers?

Ashley: I would describe it as a very tight community. You can always see that staff come together to ensure the safety and education of all students. You can see students playing card games, exercising, preparing for Special Olympics, Student Council, and if a peer is having a tough day, the students and staff make sure they belong. I think everyone on campus wants everyone, staff and students, to find success. I am truly honored to be a part of the Latham family.

Pictured: Latham Centers Admissions Team, Fall 2019 (Left to Right: Katrina Fryklund, Ashley Pouliot, Patrice Carroll, Brittni Kliment, and Susan LaPlant)

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