Meet Our Special Educator of the Month, BCBA Daniela T.
At Cross Country Education, we’re honored to work with the best of the best from across the nation! We take great pride in their shared passion for helping students succeed, and we love passing along their insight to inspire others interested in this rewarding field. This month, we’re spotlighting an amazing Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Daniela T.
Here’s why Daniela decided to become a BCBA, what she enjoys most about working with the Cross Country Education team and schools, and what advice she has for BCBAs just embarking on their careers.
Why did you become a BCBA?
I started in the education field and felt that I was missing a big piece of a puzzle when working with students who exhibited significant behaviors. I was amazed by behavior strategies I received when I was a BII working with a BCBA. It was impactful to see how behavior principles increased appropriate behaviors and decreased inappropriate behaviors. It felt like this was the missing piece of the puzzle that I needed. I knew that I wanted to become a BCBA. Once I began my career as a BCBA it felt like all the puzzle pieces were coming together and I was more equipped to support my students, families, staff, and schools.
What do you like about Cross Country Education?
I enjoy the accessibility and support of my lead and team members. I enjoy the autonomy in my work schedule and the resources available to perform my job. I especially appreciate the work/life balance.
What have you liked about your experience working at CCE schools?
I enjoy the rapport that CCE has with their schools. It is always a smooth process to transition and take up cases in the school setting. CCE always ensures that all parties are communicating, and that all necessary information is gathered. I feel like a vital team member whenever I go on a campus, and I also feel welcomed and supported.
What kind of advice would you give to someone starting out in your field?
When starting out in the field it is important to stay positive, patient, and consistent. You must remain patient with yourself when conducting observations, working with students and school staff. You should embody a role of teaching and collaboration. Not everyone is versed in behavior management, and they look to us to support and guidance. These are key factors to develop a successful team to support you and your student in achieving their goals.
If, like Daniela, you’re ready to make a difference in the lives of students and embark on a meaningful adventure as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, explore our BCBA jobs today!