CCDAA Fall Technical Assistance
CCDAA Statewide Meeting
CCDAA Understanding the
October 4, 2016
October 11, 2016
October 7, 2016
October 14, 2016
November 15, 2016
November 18, 2016
Member of the Month
Claudia Paterson, San Jose Unified School District
Claudia Paterson has been the Program Manager for Early Education in San Jose Unified School District for the past 5 years. She has worked with children since she was 17 years old, starting with the YMCA after school care programs. She began her career in education as a primary bilingual teacher, and then moved into ELD and instructional coaching, both at the school site and district level. Claudia loves that as early educators "we educate the whole child." Claudia is the Northern Section Chair for the Professional Development Committee for 2016-17. Congratulations Claudia and thank you taking time out of your busy schedule to answer our questions.
What has been most rewarding about your career in early education so far?
The most rewarding aspect of my career in early education so far has been to see the professional growth in my staff and our overall growth as an early education program. To look back at where we were when I started with the program five years ago, and to see now where we are as a program is so satisfying. I believe in them as teachers, knowing that each one has what it takes to be an excellent teacher, and to really make our program a high quality early learning experience for the children and the families in our community. Our program has received the QRIS High Quality Rating from the State for the past two years in a row because of the intentional focus and hard work of our staff. I believe our key ingredients to the transformation and success of our program has been the right support and resources, the trust and relationships we have have built.
If you could give advice to someone who is new in the administrative role, what would it be?
It takes a team! You cannot do it by yourself. Build relationships with everyone in your program: your office staff, fiscal team, specialists and coaches, assistant and head teachers. I definitely could not do the work that I do each day without my team. It’s not about me being great and doing it all by myself, but it is about what is the best thing for our program and the children and families we are serving each day and how can WE best meet their needs. When I look at it that way, I look to my team to help me meet those needs and meet our goals.
What is your proudest accomplishment in your career?
The proudest accomplishment in my career has been becoming an educational leader. I loved being a teacher and seeing the students in my class grow and succeed each year. Yet, I never imagined myself in a place of leadership at this level. But, I took the challenge and stepped out of my comfort zone, the classroom, and stepped into the role as a Program Manager for the Early Education program. When I became an educational leader in San Jose Unified, I realized that now I am impacting and making a difference in so many more children’s lives, and not only am I touching the lives of children, but I am also making an impact on the teachers and staff I lead. This is truly an accomplishment I am proud of.