BOOST is turning 15! As we approach our 15-year anniversary, we are reminded of how much we appreciate and value our TEAMBOOST partners and want to share their stories – their journeys through the in and out-of-school time field, their goals and aspirations, a few fun things about them, and some of the amazing things they are doing in their communities.
We will be spotlighting our BOOST Bloggers, Ambassadors, Leadership Team members, and Partners weekly through the end of the year to thank our wonderful team members for their contributions to our incredible community!
Meet BOOST Leadership Team Member Becky Shultz
Becky is a long-time educator who recently retired, based in Whittier, CA. She has been a BOOST Leadership Team member with us since 2010!
How did you enter the OST, expanded learning, and/or educational field?
I began my career as a Counselor at a County home for children who were removed from their parents. The next 17+ years I worked as a School Counselor for children 5-12.
What motivates you to do this work?
I believe that our children need advocates and mentors to grow up safe and successful.
What are you currently reading or watching?
I love to read mystery novels and watch murder mysteries, travel, and food shows.
Share some of your greatest accomplishments.
My life has been dedicated to helping children and giving back whenever possible.
What are some big goals you are working toward?
I am now focusing on a new chapter in my life filled with family, friends, and giving back to my community.
What are your top three leadership qualities?
Passion, Responsibility and Compassion
Name a leader that you admire and why?
Mother Teresa because of her selfless life and compassion for others.
Share an inspirational quote that resonates with you.
“Spread love wherever you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” Mother Teresa
As a child, what were your career aspirations?
I think I wanted to be a Veterinarian or a Missionary.
What causes are you passionate about?
Anything surrounding child safety, Education, Equal Rights, and Global Awareness
What is one of the highlights of your career?
Having a career that, hopefully, made a difference in many children’s lives.
How do you show kindness to others and/or share ways others have shown kindness to you?
I show kindness by listening, caring, and trying to follow the Golden Rule.
What career legacy do you want to leave?
A legacy of teaching children to give back with the gifts they were given.
What’s the biggest mistake you made on the job and what did you learn from it?
The biggest mistake I have made is to underestimate people and their ability to rise to their potential.
Tell us what you had for breakfast!
Eggs and fake bacon.
From all of us here at TEAMBOOST, thank you, Becky, for being part of our Leadership Team and for sharing your story with us!