How did you learn of the job opportunity at Porter-Leath?
I actually came from another facility, and they opened up a program here.
What is the best part about being a Residential Monitor at Porter-Leath?
The best part of being a Residential Monitor is actually getting to help the kids. Most of the kids, sometimes you’re able to help them - you get a good feeling when they call back up here and tell you “I’m actually doing good, I’m in school,” or “I’m working,” or “I did this” or “I did that.” It’s just a good outcome as far as being some positive feedback from the kids that you actually helped.
What makes you a successful Residential Monitor at Porter-Leath?
I pretty much just stick to the script. Whatever policies and procedures we have in place, I pretty much just follow whatever the guidelines are.
What do the children you serve need from you to succeed?
You’re having to always encourage them to do the right thing, because with them, they’re saying to go left at times, you’re going to have to steer them back the right way. So you’re going to have to always be an achiever, you’re going to have to always be someone who can guide them in the right direction. You have to be able to relate to them at times. Once you relate to them, you’re going to build a good rapport with them. Once that rapport comes about, you pretty much can get them to do pretty much anything you ask them to do. My personal mission is to see them succeed in life.
What does it take to succeed as Residential Monitor at Porter-Leath?
In order to do this here, you’re definitely going to have to have some type of training as far as CPR, because you have to have CPR in order to work with kids just in case anybody passes out or anything like that. When they’re kind of getting defiant, you might have to go “hands-on” when you’re actually dealing with them - so those are the types of tools that you actually need, and you’re going to have to have other types of skills also.
Why do you enjoy working at Porter-Leath?
I actually like the atmosphere here at Porter-Leath. It’s not a job, it’s really not like a job, it’s more like a family actually.