At Devereux, employees are heroes in every sense of the word, helping children, adolescents and adults with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences lead more fulfilling and rewarding lives. These committed and compassionate individuals humbly dedicate themselves to serving – and inspiring – others. Yasmin Esperon – Devereux Georgia Assistant Teacher – was recently spotlighted
In your role, what are your main responsibilities?
My role as an assistant teacher is to assist and/or facilitate student learning and growth. When substituting, I help individuals grasp the material being taught, while also managing their behaviors. When assisting in a classroom, I work in small groups or with individual students who need more one-on-one attention in order to understand the content. I also have other miscellaneous responsibilities, such as helping teachers with content, grading, cleaning, decorating bulletin boards, and assisting with the overall success of the education department. My role can look completely different day to day, depending on the need.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The most rewarding part of my job is gradually seeing growth in the students, and the effort that we teachers put in, have a tangible and measurable effect. Some of the individuals I work with in the Journey program, which serves adolescent and young adult males with intellectual and developmental disabilities, have low literacy. I have seen several students grow exponentially in their ability to read and write, which is always so fulfilling. I also enjoy seeing individuals get excited about their school work. I have learned when you make it interesting, they can get very passionate. Lastly, seeing these students be proud of their own work is always enjoyable.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
The best piece of advice I have ever been given regarding how I feel about myself is, nothing I do or don’t do can take away from the fact that I am whole, important, worthy of good things and loved by God. The best piece of advice I have been given regarding how I treat others is, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” What a high calling.
How do you demonstrate Servant Leadership principles on a daily basis?
I’d like to think that at my job, one of the Servant Leadership principles I often try to exhibit is leading with moral authority. Moral authority is defined as “trustworthiness to make decisions that are right and good.” Even on the more difficult days, I can truly say my mindset is always on doing the thing that is right and good for the individuals we serve. Even if I am hurt, upset or frustrated, I fight for the mindset to do whatever is beneficial for our students.
What is one thing your colleagues don’t know about you?
I don’t think my colleagues know I am obsessed with plants. I have about 100 plants in total. I love to buy, grow and propagate different plants. I have a unique collection that even includes very rare tropical plants – I have to take extra special care of them.
Why are you a Healthcare Hero?
I am a Healthcare Hero because I care for my students, and I do everything in my power to help them. I try to make a difference by being a friend and a positive influence, not only to the individuals we serve, but to my fellow employees, as well. I often try to think of new and creative ways to do my job, or to bring fun and excitement to our education program.
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