Staff Blog

Annette Payne | Teacher

How did you learn of the job opportunity at Porter-Leath? 

I learned about the job opportunity here at Porter-Leath through a good friend of mine.  She worked with Porter-Leath in another department, and she told me all about it, and she was like, “well why don’t you try.” 

What drew you to Porter-Leath? 

I have a background in social work.  I first used to work with the Department of Children Services.  What drew me here is because I have an opportunity to work with children and families again in a different type of setting - and school, because I like teaching and I like education, so it goes hand in hand. 

What’s the best part about being a Family Service Worker at Porter-Leath?

One of the best things about being in Family Services at Porter-Leath is that you get to see all areas of children’s stages of development.  I started out in Early Head Start, which has babies from 6 weeks to 3 years old, and then you go from 3 years old to 5.  And you get to see their cognitive skills, you get to see their emotional skills, and social emotional skills.  So that has been really really good to see them from not talking, to talking.

Why should someone be a Family Service Worker at Porter-Leath?

Being here with Porter-Leath, there’s a whole lot of resources.  With the services that have been given through Head Start, it helps the family.  It can help any other family members in all parts - with needing transportation,  ways to find food, resources outside of the norm. 

How have you been successful at Porter-Leath? 

I’ve been successful here at Porter-Leath because I’ve been able to move around.  I went from Early, to Head, and I’ve been really successful as far as being able to reach parents, recruit parents, getting their children enrolled and getting them resources and helping with jobs, connecting them with the right people.  So that has really really been a success for me. 

What is your personal mission?   

My personal mission is to see people succeed.  To develop an open relationship with them and for them to be successful.  And give them the truth in what it is.  The life they are living and the thing that we do - it’s not play.  This is real.  And we have children that are watching us so we have to build a firm foundation for them.