Staff Spotlight: Emma, Yellow Team Leader
All year we try to take some time to highlight various staff members and allow you, our friends, to get to know them better. Getting to know the people who make a lasting impact on our students, is so worth while. These are the people who are pouring themselves into our kids and walking alongside our families throughout the year. They are the difference makers. Our yellow team has had TWO fabulous ladies this year invest in them. When school schedule changes came for Ms. Mariah, our yellow team leader for first semester, Ms Emma stepped up. She didn’t have to step far as she was a consistent volunteer with our yellow team from the very beginning. Read on for more info on Ms. Emma:
How did you get started with Tiqvah?
I started as an intern through Malone University in the Fall of 2018. I quickly fell in love with the children and knew I wanted to stay. I became an employee in January 2019.
What do you do at Tiqvah?
I am the yellow team leader.
What is your favorite part of the day at Tiqvah and why?
My favorite part of the day at Tiqvah is circle time because it gives everyone a chance to be open and vulnerable with each other. It affirms to the child that what they have to say has value. Through this time I have seen growth in their ability to express themselves and connections made within our team.
What motivates you to keep going on tough days?
I like to focus on two things. First, I pray to see the unmet need being shown through behavior. Second, I am motivated by the progress that IS being made. I rest in the fact that every positive interaction I have with a child is rewiring their brain toward trust and healing.
What is one thing you wish people knew about Tiqvah?
I wish people knew just how special this program is. Tiqvah is a place of love, hope, and safety. We are a like minded staff whose focus is on holistic healing for each child we encounter.
What is one thing the kids would say if we asked them to tell us about you?
I love to give hugs!
Hearing our staff talk of Tiqvah as a place of love, hope, and safety is inspiring. We couldn’t be that place if not for our incredible staff and volunteers. As you read this reflection on work being done at Tiqvah, you may feel moved to action. You too can be a difference maker in the life of a child. Many people partner with us as volunteers, donors, and prayer warriors every day. These roles are vital to make the work we do possible. Below are some quick links to take you to more information regarding getting involved further. Be part of the hope we get to experience everyday at Tiqvah.