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Keisha Tolliver began at SCAN in August 2018 and quickly began to utilize her talents in two of SCAN’s programs. She works full-time as the Circle Preschool Program’s Assistant Teacher/Therapeutic Aide and also helps SCAN reach parents as a facilitator in the Family Support Program. We are thankful for her passion, dedication, and expertise which make such a difference at SCAN and for the families we work with.
How did you first get involved with SCAN?
I completed my degree in Early Childhood Education at J. Sargeant Reynolds in 2017. My advisor heard about an opportunity with SCAN’s Circle Preschool Program and thought of me. I’ve always wanted to work with children with special needs. I began as the Circle Preschool Program Assistant Teacher/Therapeutic Aide last August.
What has your life/work experience been that brought you to SCAN?
I served as a facilitator and did childcare for a motherhood program in Henrico previously. I still facilitate this support group for mothers which includes work on self-esteem, family relationships, and working together. This background has allowed me to also serve SCAN as a Family Support Program Facilitator. I’ve helped run the Circle of Parents group in the community through SCAN since last September.
What inspires you to stay involved with your work at SCAN?
Knowing that even if a young child doesn’t remember, we are making a difference in their life. At Circle Preschool we help teach them skills and lessons that will take them throughout life. It has also been helpful for me to learn to think and speak on their level. I’ve taken lessons learned in the classroom to other parts of my life and I feel blessed to be here.
Is there anything you wish other people knew about SCAN?
That there is so much support you can receive from SCAN beyond child abuse training. Also, that one way to avoid abuse is to have the support of other people. Connection to others can help alleviate stressors by connecting individuals to resources for jobs, housing, etc.
What has been the best experience with SCAN so far?
I’ve really enjoyed learning at SCAN. There are always wonderful trainings, lectures and opportunities to expand my knowledge. I was really excited to participate in a Resilience screening earlier this year, which is a film that everyone can benefit from seeing and learning from.
Do you have any goals or hopes for the next year with SCAN?
To continue growing in my knowledge. I also hope to find a new location for Circle of Parents to connect with the community.
Are you involved with any other community organizations, hobbies, or activities?
I’m currently teaching myself to sew, crochet and enjoy doing crafts with my daughter. I also enjoy cooking and have loved finding new instant pot recipes lately.
What might someone be surprised to learn about you?
That I have two daughters who are 20 and 23 years old.