What were the challenges you faced as a member of and as president of
Being responsible for conferences was always a huge responsibility. Luckily there were a number of very dedicated people that were so reliable that the work always got done. Putting together the program and attracting workshop speakers seemed to involve everyone. Recruiting and retaining new members was also priority. I tried to visit as many of the chapter meetings as I could so I spent a lot of time on the road. That coupled with my daily work schedule kept me hopping.
What interesting memories do you have of your CAWEE experiences at conferences, meetings, etc.?
Mostly I remember the laughs we had. We all struggled to educate students and employers and to do right by everyone. I think the funniest things were the less than brilliant situations employers got themselves into with working minors. Examples would include having them driving company cars, working outrageous hours, dropping their Workers Comp coverage, etc.
At one Southern Conference in Palm Springs, the Berlin Wall fell and announcing that was a thrill. I was once interviewed for a national morning television show regarding my thoughts on pizza parlors guaranteeing deliveries within 30 minutes. The segment never aired, but I had a
good time with my interview! I loved our CAWEE work in conjunction with the Department of Industrial Relations when we put together a handbook on child labor laws. That was a huge help to CAWEE members and employers. One of the public service activities our Chapter did was to have workshops for employers and those proved to be very powerful because employers got a lot out of it while with very little effort we built strong community relations.
What have you been doing since leaving CAWEE?
One perk of being a Past President, was supposed to be a lifetime membership; so I don’t feel that I ever did leave CAWEE. Of all the jobs I have had, Work Experience was one that I was truly passionate about. Following that I was a grant writer as a TOSA in the district office for 6 years. I left there to become an Assistant Principal and then a high school Principal. About that time I started a doctoral program and completed it when I was a Coordinator of Categorical Programs. My final position in public education was as Director of K-12 Curriculum. Immediately after completing my Ed.D., I was tapped to be an adjunct professor, which I did for about five years before being hired fulltime for the past two years as a Visiting Professor at
the university. I am also a Consultant as owner/CEO in my own company, American Education International, LLC.