Family Connection-Communities in Schools in Athens
Summary of Evaluations
Overall, my time at FC-CIS was amazing. It certainly relies on the work of interns for its everyday business, and being a part of a crucial support system was an interesting and fulfilling experience, especially for an organization that does such important work as FC-CIS. My supervisor and I are both very similar in that we're both busy, but when we do make an effort to set aside time, communicating was easy and unstressful.
I struggled with having a flexible schedule and setting my own goals, although it was certainly the best for everyone involved. However, I'm certainly glad for it--reaching my own goals was far more fulfilling than reaching goals set by another person.
My responsibilities ranged from answering phones, attending meetings, making copies, and scheduling space to creating a training program for use this fall with the Neighborhood Leaders.
This matrix shows that not only was I allowed to observe fascinating presentations by people like Stephanie Blank and GA DFCS Director Bobby Cagle about the future of DFCS, including the fact that they're working towards getting higher pay and fewer caseloads for each case worker and lectures and presentations like them, but I was also allowed to explore for myself. Many of the experiences relevant to the CFLE Matrix were due to writing EqualSpeech, especially laws and policies, which always affect families.
I could certainly contact many people at the Office of Early Learning in the future, as well as many DFCS offices and possibly other Family Connection or Communities in Schools offices.
Most Memorable Experience
My first day I actually got to go on a bus ride to three different quality rated childcare centers!
Tim Johnson, Executive Director
Early Learning Center
440 Dearing Street Extension
Athens, GA 30606