Q&A With Mary White, Behavioral Health Tech
The work we do with children and adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities can be challenging; however, as any Lakemary staff member will tell you, it is extremely rewarding. Our staff have a such passion for helping others and the positive impact of our work can be seen in the lives of so many children and adults here.
Mary White is a Behavioral Health Tech who works with students attending Lakemary School. She has worked for Lakemary for 5 1/2 years. We interviewed her to learn more about her role here at Lakemary and why she decided to work with individuals with special needs. Read her remarks below!
Tell us a little bit about what you do.
Mary: “I get to work with the kids in the classroom. I help them learn and have fun!”
What inspired you to work with individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilites?
“Being able to be there for a child and help them grow is a big part of why I wanted to work with these individuals.”
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
“Walking in to a room and hearing ‘MARY WHITE!!’ and seeing a kid with a huge smile on their face.”
What is something people should know about Lakemary and/or the people we serve?
“My co-workers are like family, and it’s a great feeling to know that I can trust them. The people we serve will find a special place in your heart. They are truly amazing individuals.”
Do you have a success story to share?
“When I worked in the dorms, I got to work with an individual who I thought didn’t like me. I was following through with directions, but she did not want to follow directions, and she was very verbal about how she felt toward me. About a month after she discharged, I started getting mail from her. She reached out to me, and I knew I had made an impact in her life. I still hear from her from time to time, and that tells me that I am where I need to be.”
What advice would you give others looking to work in this industry?
“It’s not always easy, but it’s worth it. You will never regret sticking around for those we serve.”