Hi, I’m Jessica – I’m a Certified Child Life Specialist, and one of my greatest passions is helping students. I was in your shoes not too long ago myself (back in 2014). I can remember all of the feels, almost exactly, if I close my eyes and focus on that time in my life. The jitters, the low self-esteem, the “do I really have what it takes?” conversations going back and forth with the ones I love.

I went to a school in Indiana that didn’t specialize in child life. I got my degree in Psychology and was able to find all the right classes to meet my eligibility requirements. No one at my school had any clue what child life was – I just happened upon it and knew I wanted to do it. So at a school that didn’t specialize, with no one there to help me, I had to find my own way – and I was good at it.

I’m grateful to have the gift of organization and the drive to seek out what inspires me. Without those two gifts, I wouldn’t have been able to get to where I am now.

I know that is not the case for a lot of people – being organized is something you literally never think you’ll achieve, you feel 100% lost, and would love it if there was someone to give encouragement, help the process feel smoother, and sometimes shake you by the shoulders when the low self-esteem rolls around. If that’s the case for you – I am your person. I am your mentor. Together, I truly think we can get you where you want to go. From 2016-2021, I was a hospital’s Child Life Practicum Supervisor and Volunteer Coordinator.

In August 2021, I moved to the school setting after proposing a school Certified Child Life Specialist position to help create a full-circle mental health team to collaborate with school counselors/social workers. I am absolutely in love. I would love to help other child life specialists pursue their entrepreneur passion as I’ve done so now by creating many things from scratch (piloting new hospital position on a unit with no child life, creating a mentoring program, starting a podcast, and now proposing a community child life position at the school).

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