Shela was born in a small town in Ohio. She is from a large family of seven. So, her early childhood training started at a young age, babysitting cousins and siblings.
When she was 18, she moved to South Florida. There she started her professional career as a teacher aide, at Oral Baudhuin Preschool. The preschool for autistic children at the Oral Baudhuin Preschool at Nova Southeastern University. She worked full-time at the preschool while pursuing her undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts. She was anticipating a career in Legal Studies and continued her education pursing her Master's in Conflict Analysis and Resolution with focus on systems & consulting.
However, after achieving her Master’s degree she was more interested in helping make a difference and took a position with a non-profit in South Florida. The nonprofit advocated for young women to be abstinence. She managed this grant as the Lead Program Coordinator. Shela and her team taught classes, at over 20 middle schools and high schools in Miami-Dade county, bringing the curriculum to 100’s of young women in South Florida. During this time, she also worked with the Miami-Dade County Restorative Justice Program teaching adult classes for the District Attorney's office.
In 2003, Shela and her family moved to Montgomery, Alabama. She was the Executive Director, of the Nellie Burge Community Center, an United Way agency. This was her dream job; the non-profit had a family literacy program, GED program for teen mothers, USDA home nutrition program, full-day preschool for low-income families, and an after school program for at-risk youth.
This was the turning point in her career when she knew non-profit work specifically in early childhood was her passion. In the short time there, Shela and her team were able to obtain funding to start several teachers on the path to high education (similar to TEACH program), introduce research-based curriculum in the preschool, obtain grants to get new transportation for the after-school children and start a family literacy program, with collaboration with HIPPY USA.
However, her husband's career moved her family to Texas in 2004. There is a saying, "if you marry a Texan, you end up in Texas". Shela’s husband of 19 years, Dr. Reza Mobarak, he was raised in South Dallas. She married a Texas! Shela and her family settled in Plano, Texas. Shela has two beautiful children Farah and Farid.
In Texas, Shela transitioned leadership roles in her non-profit career and took a Human Resource Director position for ChildCareGroup, one of the oldest nonprofits in Dallas. There she was introduced to Head Start & Early Head Start best practices and the love for high quality early childcare. She was educated on Relationship Centered Childcare, a concept founded by CCG. Focused on building relationships and setting up the environment of the centers to help children feel at home and comfortable. As the HR director, she introduced a several innovated HR strategies including a Standardized Salary Scale for all employees, an employee mediation program, monthly Manager Brown bag training series and full-day professional development conferences. Shela worked with all six childhood centers & main office to provide on-site training, and she assisted the director's in maintaining NAEYC standards for professionalism and stayed in compliance with all federal, state & licensing requirements.
In 2007, with the economic conditions, Shela took her first for-profit, corporate job. As a Human Resource Executive for Target, she learned best practices in HR management. Shela worked with 9 super-target stores and solved employee relations issues for all managers and employees.
However, in 2010, she was not fulfilled in corporate America. So, she went back to her passion and took a Director position for First United Methodist Weekday Program in Plano. While there she was able to help the school go through NAEYC accredited two times, become a Texas Rising Star certified (4 star) and implement Conscious Discipline 3 year plan as well as help the program gain financial security and legally compliant HR practices. Learning about Conscious Discipline and Social Emotional Learning has motivated her to share this knowledge with all early childhood professionals.
Shela’s knowledge about early childhood development, program assessments, coaching/mentoring and nonprofit leadership has grown over the years through her various roles. However, she is always growing and developing through her passion to learn. She is always looking for the newest research on these topics to stay current in the field. You will usually find her listening to audible's.
In 2016, Shela left her Director position to work part-time, to be able to be with the children through their teenage years. However, Shela again felt that her a passion for serving others and early childhood was not being fulfilled. In 2017, with her families support she decided to form a nonprofit, Be the Seed of Change (BSC).
The mission of BSC is to fill the gap for early childhood education programs that want to increase quality through program needs assessments, professional development, and mentoring/coaching and other projects as needed. The vision is to increase quality in the early childcare education profession, one child, one teacher, one school at a time. Be the Seed of Change works to obtain private and public funding to help early childhood education programs that want to increase quality for our children to create a better future for the next generation. Be the Seed of Change is slowing growing and plans to branch out to help more programs with more funding and to hire additional staff. However, volunteers are always welcome and needed for various projects.
Qualifications & Abilities:
Founder of Nonprofit dedicated to helping increase quality in all early childhood programs. By providing professional development, program assessments, coaching/mentoring, advocacy and resources. She is known for her passion for early childhood profession and being able to collaborate with a variety of teams at all levels. She has over 20 years of professional experience focused on leadership, multi-center management, all areas of workshop design across industries. Experience in high quality results by using practical and theoretical approaches to conflict resolution, early childhood development and human resource management best practices including: child focused learning environment, organizational effectiveness, employee relations, staffing/recruiting, benefits management, social/emotional development, performance management, employment practices, Texas Rising Star tools, NAEYE tools, and staff coaching strategies.
Be the Seed of Change, Nonprofit, Plano, TX 2016-present
Founder & Trainer- Texas Training Registry since 2015. Able to design and present various trainings on human resources management, brain states, social-emotional regulation, Conflict resolution strategies, developmentally appropriate curriculum and practices, new hire orientation, annual service training to meet Minimum Standards requirement, creating safe environments, increasing quality. (see attached list)
· Work with Directors to create needs assessments of programs and set timelines to implements changes to increase quality.
· Utilizing NAEYC and Texas Rising Star tools to help directors and teachers increase quality.
First United Methodist Church Plano, Plano, TX 2010-2016
Director, Weekday Program- Provide leadership for Nationally Accredited preschool (NAEYC) program. Serving infant thru 7th graders, at a child development center through Supervision of staff. Works closely with church staff in collaboration of services.
·4 star Texas Rising Start Provider
· Implemented Conscious Discipline Curriculum through 3 year strategic plan
·Designed and facilitated monthly professional development trainings to ensure all areas of pre-service and annual training met for staff of over 40 met annually and new hire training.
· Implemented 5-year program strategic plan to provide financial security to program, align Human Resource practices with current laws and best practices, and collaborate with Board of Directors on oversight.
· PTSA- representative and helped facilitate collaborations with Parents and school- raised 30k for new playground; 50k for new buses and started savings for schools future needs
· Supervised 40 teachers, admin staff, drivers and volunteers
Target Corporation, McKinney, TX 2007-2010
Executive, Human Resource Manager (HR-Executive Team Leader) -Oversee 65 million dollar Super Target daily human resource functions. Provide daily leadership to executive team by aligning corporate goals with human resource goals. Led employee relations in multi-store setting (13 General and Super Target Stores) by providing training, termination review and technical support- over 2500 employees
· Supported opening of three super Targets through staffing, on-boarding to training and retention.
· Decreased turnover by 50% in one year
· Nominated great team hero several times and received region and district recognition for leading human resource managers.
· Led Region in highest Human Resource metrics for Scheduling, attendance, overtime and employee relations collaboration.
Solis Women’s Health/Office, Plano, TX 2006-2007
· Oversaw/plan/executed administration of Annual Benefit enrollment for 5 multi city centers
· Assisted in project management in opening multiple centers
· Worked with VP of operations on multiple projects
ChildCareGroup, Dallas, TX 2004-2006
Human Resource Director
Nellie Burge Center, Montgomery, AL 2003-2004
ReCapturing the Vision, Miami, FL 2001-2002
Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 1997-2001
Teacher & Administrative Assistant
· Teacher of Autistic pre-school age children with muli-layer disorders- Oral Baudhuin School
· Worked with Families on implementing PECS and other new interventions
· Administrative Assistant- Center for Retired Professionals
· Organized all speakers and trips and payments
Conscious Discipline Summer Institute, 7/14
Texas Training Registry, Master Trainer 2015-current
Texas Director Certification 5/10, 5/12, 5/14, 5/16
Qualified Arbitrator, 04/01
Childcare Director Certification 12/03
Certified Trainer, 03/01
Fundraising Training, 02/04
SPHR 3 Day workshop, 04/06
COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP /PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS/ AWARDS:
Masters of Science, Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl
Bachelor of Science, Legal Studies, Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl