Kaitlin Speck ’19
Majors: Education Studies and Environmental Studies
What do you do now?
I work as Independent Support Staff. I work with two adults who are non-verbal and have severe Autism. I take them into the community to provide them opportunities for relaxation and recreation. I support them in their household as they complete everyday tasks. I also work as an Extended Day Program Teacher for Changing Behaviors Inc. I teach a Reading Comprehension Class to Elementary school students with Autism. This class is completely virtual.
How did your academic experience at Saint Michael’s College help prepare you for your career?
My courses in the Education department helped prepare me with tools and resources I use everyday to engage my participants. My classes with Professor Bang-Jensen especially helped me develop the confidence I need to have a “teacher presence”. The creativity and engagement level she brings out in her classes is something I strive for.
What is your favorite memory or class from your time studying at St. Mike’s?
My favorite memory was from my class “The Study of Sustainable Places” through the Environmental Studies program. We went to Wales in May of 2019, after my graduation date, and I made friendships and memories that will last a lifetime.
How have you translated your volunteer experience at Saint Michael’s into giving back to your community after graduation?
Every experience I had with M.O.V.E helped me solidify that I want to help people for a career.