Bronco Spotlight: Sommer Jabbar

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Bachelor of Arts in child and family development, 2017

Current Job Title:

Training and Technical Assistance Manager 

Current Employer:

Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative 

Describe your current job:

At my current job I am in charge of facilitating and presenting professional development to teachers. I work for a local non-profit that services the most vulnerable children in Grand Rapids. 

What is the most rewarding and the most challenging part of your job?

The most rewarding part of my job is being able to spread my knowledge and passion for children and equity to over 80 teachers. The most challenging part of my job is having so many ideas, and figuring out how to get them all organized. 

What experiences impacted the choice of your career path? 

Growing up, I had no teachers who looked like me, and cultural competency was very low. I learned quickly how children of color have a huge achievement gap simply because they are of color, and live in areas with no access to high quality early childhood education. The teachers in my life who cared and pushed me, influenced me to do the same. 

What advice do you have for students looking for their career after college? 

I would encourage students to get into the community! Volunteer, seek our different programs, explore your choices. 

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