Story from the California Child Development Administrators Association (CCDAA) Website
Congratulations to Sue Rhoades, CCDAA’s Member of the Month for July 2016. She is the Coordinator of School Readiness for Apple Valley Unified School District. Since 1983, Sue has been a classroom teacher, reading specialist, and district administrator. Sue has graduated from the University of La Verne and California State University, San Bernardino with multiple degrees. During the past 12 years she has focused on the area of Early Childhood education in the High Desert.
What has been most rewarding about your career in early education so far?
The most rewarding aspect of my career is having the opportunity to work with remarkable people on a daily basis. While working with these incredible colleagues, we are able to accomplish a great deal for our communities, families and children. Together we make a difference!
If you could give advice to someone who is new in the administrative role, what would it be?
Treat people/staff like they make a difference and they will. At times our jobs can be challenging, approach each of these demanding moments calmly with respect and kindness. Let your staff know that your door is always open! Allowing them to come in and talk about anything. Always welcome new ideas and suggestions from all staff members, creating a culture of belonging and collaboration.
What is your proudest accomplishment in your career?
My accomplishments are a culmination of the past 12 years in early education and 33 years in the field of education. Setting short and long term goals for students, staff and me, for which a great deal has been achieved! Enrollment numbers have doubled and technology has flourished. Thousands of preschool students getting an excellent jump start on their educational journey. But far above all of these accomplishments, I am proud and honored to call all of my early education co-workers FAMILY.