Jacob A lead behavior technician for Desert Choice Schools in Arizona

“Every time a student realizes and accepts the choice they make, I get so proud. I can actually see the relief in their faces when it happens.”

What is your role in the organization?

I view my biggest role as maintaining the integrity of the program.  Our program is based off assisting students’ transition from an external locus of control to an internal locus of control. Most students come into our program having a cognitive distortion — everything that happens to them is because of someone else.  By the time students leave our program, our goal is to have the students believe that there choices and consequences are theirs.

What is the best thing about your job?

The best thing about my job is seeing students starting to make positive choices in their lives. Every time a student realizes and accepts the choice they make, I get so proud.  I can actually see the relief in their faces when it happens.

What is the most interesting part of your job?

Understanding that every day is a new day and every day brings new challenges and rewards.

What would your advice be to new staff in your position?

The only advice I would offer to a new staff would be in the form question, “are you ready to change your mind set on how to connect with students?”

If you could sum up working for Learn It in three words what would they be?

I don’t think I can use just three but five. I use “It is what it is!” daily. Meaning your choices and only your choices will determine how your day, week, month, year, and life will turn out.