Grow your career with OLHSA. Infant/Toddler Teacher: Teyona Thompson-Dodson Posted: November 12, 2019 Updated: November 12, 2019

Teyona Thompson-Dodson, Infant/Toddler Teacher

Grow your career with OLHSA.

I owned a day care several years ago, but closed it when I moved out of state. When I moved back, I enrolled my son in the home-based program through OLHSA Early Head Start. My son is very energetic. His teacher was impressed by how I worked with him. She encouraged me to apply for a teaching position.


I was hesitant at first. I’d been out of early learning for a while and I like to do my own thing in the classroom. I decided to apply anyway. OLHSA Head Start uses the HighScope curriculum, which I like. I’m glad that I made the transition and didn’t back off. It’s wonderful teaching kids the basic skills that they’ll need to know in life.


The little ones come in not knowing much. You see their progress. Even in just a year, they can learn the basics of socializing, cutting, gluing—little things that are so important. They want to learn, especially at this age. They are always watching and listening, even though you may not notice it. They may be reading a book or playing with a doll, but they’re still taking in everything around them. They’re amazing and I like to be a part of it.


I just got my Child Development Associate credential, which I’ve wanted to get for a long time—even back when I owned my own day care. I had started my associate degree in early childhood education when I was in Wisconsin, and I’m only two classes away. With OLHSA, I can finish that up and work on my bachelor’s degree.


I love how you can really progress in your career at OLHSA. You don’t have to stay in the classroom. You actually can move up. They help teachers advance their education. It expands your life, helping you go where you want to go. 


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