Each month we select one of our team members to be honored as employee of the month. We are ecstatic to announce the employee of the month for April 2017, Jackie Gregory!
Jackie Gregory is the Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Outreach Coordinator and an Early Intervention Specialist. Jackie has been in ECI for 10 years, in the field for 9 years, and on the Any Baby Can team for 5 years.
Originally from Buda, Texas, Jackie always knew that she wanted to work with children. After graduating from Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Family and Child Development and a minor in Early Childhood Intervention, Jackie moved to San Antonio to pursue work in ECI. Following her move, she quickly discovered Any Baby Can and knew she had to be involved with the organization in some way.
For months, Jackie sent emails to Any Baby Can in hopes of getting her dream job. Through her persistence, she finally got the call she had been waiting for. When asked what drew her to Any Baby Can, Jackie immediately states “the culture here is different in the best way. It’s a family and you always feel as though you are appreciated.”
Building relationships, gaining the trust of families and watching families grow are all part of why Jackie loves her job. “In ECI we believe that parents are children’s biggest advocates and supportive teachers,” states Jackie. “It is very rewarding when you get to engage with the families and see the kids blossom and grow.” Jackie is one of the many people we have to thank for our high success rate with clients and she takes great joy in being part of that.
As the ECI Outreach Coordinator, Jackie calls herself the “child find.” Even though she is not in the field as much now, she still carries a small case load. She compassionately exclaims, “I will always care about the families I have helped, especially the babies.” In addition to being the ECI Outreach Coordinator, Jackie is also a specialized training provider, or developmental coach, and a case manager for deaf families.
Jackie carries many hats which is why it comes as no surprise that she does not have a typical day. Today, Jackie was gearing up for a doctor’s visit with a family which she says is always exciting. She even visits the NICU at hospitals in order to build rapport with nurses and families so that when patients get discharged, they will have resources available to them. When necessary, she also takes on home visits which she says is always a joy and includes a lot of cuddle time. “I feel lucky to be working at Any Baby Can,” states Jackie. We are just as lucky for her to be part of the Any Baby Can team!
Jackie is a great example of how hard-working and dedicated our employees are not only to Any Baby Can, but also to the families we interact with on a day-to-day basis. Jackie, we appreciate everything you do for Any Baby Can and you always do it with a smile that lights up a room. Congratulations Jackie, and thank you for being part of the Any Baby Can team!
Catch Jackie on our Instagram, as well as other fun posts here.