Collaborative from the classroom to the community. OLHSA Head Start Lead Teacher: Alicia Hickner Posted: September 09, 2019

Alicia Hickner, Lead Teacher

Collaborative from the classroom to the community. 

For as long as I can remember – from babysitting to working in daycare to being a teacher now – I’ve always been drawn to little kids. I'll be in the grocery store and kids will smile and wave at me. It’s funny because it’s almost like they know. They know I’m a teacher.  

I enjoy the challenge of working in early childhood because there is something new every single day. That's the thrill of it. Also, there is satisfaction in seeing the growth and development in children on a daily basis. It’s truly amazing. 

OLHSA is a great place to work because we have a lot of support. Not only is there support from staff, but we have supervisors and education managers. OLHSA was kind enough to allow me to go back to school for my bachelor's in early childhood, so I am doing that as well. 

My co-workers are really friendly and collaborative too. When I first started, there were a lot of people that went out of their way to help me. These people have advanced to become supervisors now. It just shows that hard work will get you to where you want to be.

Recently, we worked with other teachers on lesson planning. Planning large group activities isn’t one of my strengths, so I asked one of my peers for advice. He brought so many cool ideas to the table. It made such a difference in the classroom. 

OLHSA’s collaborative spirit extends to the community as well. We have events that bring people together like winter walks, picnics and all kinds of community outreach programs. OLHSA is always willing to help families in need at all times. The organization as a whole represents a lot of positive things for the community. I'm just proud to be a part of it.

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