Encouraging Ernesto! #EPU40

This week’s installment of the #EPU40 celebrates Ernesto, one of our favorite Early Childhood Specialists. Ernesto and his crew lead the SCERTS team at EPU, and conduct meaningful therapy and specialized support for children with special needs. We are so happy to have Ernesto on our team: his positivity, incredible work ethic and continued dedication to serving the needs of children and families is priceless. Meet Ernesto below!

Tell me about your EPU story—how did you get here?

A good friend of mine told me there was an open position here at EPU. Soon after I applied and got hired in April of 2014.

How long have you been affiliated with EPU?

I’m coming up on my 3rd year here at EPU. Things are going very well, and each day I learn new things from co-workers. Our staff is friendly and understand the needs of our children. It’s very encouraging to work with such experienced and dedicated staff.

Tell us about your family?

I’ve been happily married for 12 years with my beautiful wife and two children. I’ve been blessed with my daughter, who will be 4 in May and my son who just turned 2 years old yesterday!

What’s your favorite part about EPU? Tell us about SCERTS?

My favorite part about working here at EPU is the children. Watching each child make progress is the most rewarding part of my job. I also work with wonderful people who are always willing to help. It is this cohesiveness among co-workers that gives every family that EPU experience. We communicate very well with each other. On that note, our SCERTS classroom is awesome! Our crew has bonded so well that when one of us is in need of help the other team member steps up. We get together after every class to discuss how each kiddo is doing and how we can make things better. This time of reflection allows us to be critical of our work, which has become integral in our children’s growth. The goal of this class is to help each child be emotionally regulated so that he/she is ready to learn!

What’s your favorite EPU memory?

As I look back at my last 3 years here at EPU, I can’t help but remember the time we got together at Marion’s house for a fun day. We shared stories and played fun games all day and most important we were building those bonds amongst each other.

What’s in the cards for your future? What are your plans for EPU moving forward?

My plans as I move forward is to keep teaching families various ways to help children control their emotions. Children who can control their emotions early on are likely to be able to follow their teachers directions in school and become reflective learners in middle and high school.

What has EPU taught you?

EPU has taught me that every children has different abilities, not disabilities. I’ve learned so much from the families I work with and treat everybody as a person not as a diagnosis. We all come from different walks of life and we should never judge a book by its cover.