October 2020 Student Spotlight – Jennifer Bell

My career in early childhood started when my own kids were in high school.  I was looking for something to do with my free time and wanted to make a little extra spending money, so I took a job with our church nursery.  That job led me to take a position in the local daycare center as a part time infant teacher.  Over the years, I have worked with infants, toddlers, and school-age children.  Earlier this year, I was offered the opportunity to be our center’s director.  The State of Texas requires a Director’s License for this position, so my Executive Director recommended ChildCare Education Institute to me.  The certification course was very easy to navigate, and the subject material kept my attention.   I would recommend CCEI for any level of continued education.  My Education Coach was always encouraging and motivating me.

One of my favorite things about my job is that I’ve discovered how entertaining and fun children are.  I try to take time every workday to cuddle with an infant and visit a few of the early learning classrooms to play and talk to the children. You never know how they will respond to questions or activities; it is rarely an expected reaction.  Being a director combines my natural leadership qualities, organizational skills, and my love for tiny humans.  When I am not at work, I like spending time with my family, going to church, crafting, and shopping.  I currently reside in Bullard, Texas.