Employee Spotlight on Kendra Medina
Kendra Medina graduated from Guilford College in Greensboro North Carolina with both a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. She was eager to make a difference in the world and she certainly has. Kendra is exceptional at motivating her learners by being playful and getting them excited about toys by adding physical movements and fun noises. Recently, Kendra was reminiscing about the everyday experiences that have helped her to realize that her efforts have been effective.
Q. How has Beacon helped you in your career development?
A. Beacon has helped me with many things, but I think most importantly, they have helped me with my communication skills and interpersonal skills. At Beacon, you meet a lot of new families and, as a Behavior Therapist, part of my job is to communicate with parents and help teach them how to teach their kids. This part of my job can definitely be challenging at times, but Beacon has taught me how to do that in the most efficient way possible and I never feel unsupported if I run into any issues along the way.
Q. What is on your wish list for the next 10 years with Beacon?
A. I am currently in the process of applying for Cambridge College for my Masters to become a BCBA. I am very excited about this next step and I am hoping that in a few years, I will be able to supervise some cases as a BCBA. I also hope that while I am in school, I will be able to apply what I am learning in the classroom to my services in the homes and increase my knowledge of ABA.
Q. What is your proudest moment at Beacon?
A. When I first started with Beacon, I was placed on a case with a new Early Intervention kiddo that didn’t speak very much and rarely ever let his grandmother out of his sight. After several months of working with him, he started to sing songs and was always so happy to see me walk in the door of his house. It took a while but I felt very proud the day he said his first word and when he left his grandmother’s lap to come sit on mine.