For her, the job is teaching the teachers

At work

August 10, 2008|By Nancy Jones-Bonbrest | Nancy Jones-Bonbrest,Special to The Sun

RAMONA GREEN

Vice president/education consultant

Teamwork Connection Inc., Baltimore

Salary $85,000

Age 56

Years on the job Two

How she got started After earning a bachelor's degree in education from what is now Coppin State University, Green went to work for Baltimore's public schools as an elementary school teacher. While working, she completed a master's degree in education from the Johns Hopkins University.

After 29 years with the city school system, which included 15 years as a teacher and 14 years as an early childhood curriculum specialist, Green lost her job during systemwide layoffs in 2004. She considered other fields but decided to stick with what she knew and formed an educational consulting company, RLG Educational Associates.

She worked on a contractual basis with the Maryland State Department of Education and Baltimore and Baltimore County public schools to train early childhood education teachers and certify day care centers and Head Start centers. Two years ago, she and a former co-worker started Teamwork Connection, a spinoff of RLG Educational Associates.

Typical day Green starts her day by answering e-mails, returning phone calls and scheduling appointments. Her job is to train early learning educators, offer technical support to child care centers and evaluate early learning programs. She also works with child care programs and centers, assisting them through state accreditation.

Her job takes her all over the state to public school systems, day care facilities, Head Start programs and elementary schools.

"My role is to assist these programs that care for young children. The onus is on these centers to train these children and prepare them for school, ready to learn," she says.

During the school year, she has contracts to work at two Judith P. Hoyer Early Child Care and Family Education Centers, known as Judy Centers. She works there twice a week, providing technical and instructional support.

Green says the days of working regular hours and knowing a paycheck will be there at the end of the week are gone. In addition to working during the week, Green also often spends weekends and evenings marketing her company, preparing proposals or giving training sessions.

"I can't even put a number on the amount of hours. I'm constantly working. You cannot miss a beat when you work for yourself."

Education is in her blood Green says she comes from a family of educators. Her mother and an uncle were principals, and an aunt was an assistant principal.

The good "I really enjoy what I do when I see good teaching. If you can teach those young children, that's the foundation."

The bad "Paying those corporate taxes."

Future of early childhood education "I think now more and more educators are beginning to realize that those early years are the most important years."

Philosophy "Failure is not an option for me. Sometimes you have to get out of your own way and do what you need to do."

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