Be the aloha (love) you want to see in the World
Be the aloha (love) you want to see in the World
Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do. - Brene Brown
Shela has been working in the early childhood profession for most of her 25-year career. Originally from Ohio, when she was 18, she moved to South Florida. There while attending college, she found a job as a teacher's aide at Oral Baudhuin Preschool. The preschool is for autistic children. 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, pursuing her Master's in Conflict Analysis and Resolution with a focus on systems analysis, conflict resolution & consulting.
After achieving her Master’s degree, Shela was interested in helping make a difference and took a position with a non-profit in South Florida. The nonprofit taught young women to advocate for themselves through character development classes. She managed a grant as the Lead Program Coordinator. Shela and her team taught classes at over 20 middle 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 personal life, Shela was married to her husband, Reza, and had her first child, Farah. This was a busy time in her life then. Shela and her family moved to Montgomery, Alabama, for her husband's career. Shela was hired as 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( that she created), a GED program for teen mothers, a USDA home nutrition program, a 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 the TEACH program); they introduced a research-based curriculum in the preschool, obtain grants to get new transportation for the after-school children and started a family literacy program, with collaboration with HIPPY USA.
Once again, her husband's career moved her family, this time to Texas. However, two months prior to this, her son, Farid, was born. There is a saying, "if you marry a Texan, you end up in Texas." Shela’s husband of 20 years, Reza, was raised in South Dallas. She married a Texas! Shela and her family settled in Plano, Texas. Shela and her family still live there, where her two beautiful children Farah and Farid, attend High School.
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 has been introduced to Head Start & Early Head Start best practices and the love for high-quality early childcare. She has been 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 several innovative 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.
In 2010, she was not fulfilled in corporate America. So, she returned to her passion and took a Director position for the 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 stars), implement Conscious Discipline 3-year plan, and help the program gain financial security and be 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 for learning. 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 passion for serving others and early childhood was not being fulfilled. In 2017, with her family's 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 slowly 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 the early childhood profession and collaborates 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 the 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.
Professional Work Experience:
Be the Seed of Change, Nonprofit, Plano, TX 2016-present
Founder & Trainer- Texas Training Registry since 2015. Able to design and present various training 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.
Childcare Health Consultant, 2020- Present
Infant Toddler Specialist, 2021- Present
First United Methodist Church Plano, Plano, TX 2010-2016
Director, Weekday Program- Provide leadership for Nationally Accredited preschool (NAEYC) program. Serving infants 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 a 3-year strategic plan
·Designed and facilitated monthly professional development training to ensure all pre-service and annual training 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 a 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 the 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 multi-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