Q&A With Taylor Spooner, Direct Support Professional

Working At LakemaryThe 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.

Taylor Spooner has worked at Lakemary for four years. She has held a variety of roles here and we interviewed her to learn more about her decision to work with individuals with special needs. Read her remarks below!

Work at LakemaryTell us a little bit about what you do.

Taylor: “I worked in direct care for 3 1/2 years, starting in the residential setting then tranferring to the school setting. I worked in the Intensive Behavioral Supports (IBS) program and learned a lot. Now, I am a compliance assistant, working to ensure that we are in compliance with our out-of-state districts.”

What inspired you to work with individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilites? 

“When I was growing up, I volunteered a lot with my track coach helping with Special Olympics. Since then, I always admired individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Their dedication and desire to succeed really inspired me.”

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

“Seeing how big of an impact I can make in an individual’s life. It’s so rewarding to see the people we serve succeed and meet their goals.”

What is something people should know about Lakemary and/or the people we serve?

“Our job is very rewarding. Teamwork is what makes the dream work. Lakemary is a team, and without all of the staff here, our individuals would not succeed.”

Do you have a success story to share?

“A few years ago, a therapist chose me to model a plan for an individual who was discharging to a new placement. It felt rewarding to be noticed for the time I had spent with that individual implementing his plan and seeing progress throughout his time here.”

What advice would you give others looking to work in this industry?

“Be open to learning about Lakemary and the individuals we serve. Ask questions, get to know the children and adults, and build upon that rapport.”

If you would like to work at Lakemary and enjoy a rewarding career where you an make a positive difference in the lives of others, browse our open jobs and apply today!