Caryn served four terms as an Early Learning Tutor in Florida. Today, she’s on her way to becoming a full-time educator. With a degree in business, Caryn began her job search thinking she was destined for the office. This all changed when she connected with Early Learning Corps at a local job fair. Inspired to put her passion for working with children into action, Caryn applied to become a tutor in Broward County, Florida.
Once in the classroom, she realized she loved working with preschoolers. “It was so fun going to the school, interacting with the kids, doing my interventions,” she says. One term of service quickly turned into two, then three. Seeing the impact she was making, Caryn decided to pursue a career working with preschoolers. “To see how the kids progressed was so rewarding!”
A New Focus & Career Credential
When Caryn learned her school district offered a training program designed to help college graduates become educators, she eagerly enrolled and completed the training. Soon after, Early Learning Corps staff reached out to let her know about an opportunity to earn her Child Development Associate certification – an important credential for those planning a career with children five and under.
While serving as a tutor, Caryn was able to complete well over the 48 hours of classroom experience required for certification. Generous financial support from PNC Foundation and T.E.A.C.H Early Childhood Florida covered her training and exam fees, so Caryn was able to earn her credential at no cost!
Joining the Staff
Caryn wrapped up her fourth term as a tutor in July 2023 and plans to return to her service site this fall as a full-time paraprofessional or teacher aide. Her experience serving with Early Learning Corps put her on a new professional track, provided valuable experience and opened doors to new opportunities. Reflecting on her time as a tutor, she says, “I loved it! It was the best job I’ve ever had.”
Congratulations, Caryn and thank you for your service! We’re proud to have supported you in your journey from tutor to teacher.
Florida’s youngest learners need more people like Caryn. If you or someone you know would like to join a pre-kindergarten classroom and spend your days talking, reading, writing, singing and playing with students to help ignite a love of learning and build strong skills, you can search for local opportunities and apply here.