Bay Area Quality Assurance Coach, Pete Reyes has been a part of the Think Together team since 2013. Coworkers and leadership alike recognize him for his dedication, determination, and for always being a great support system for his team and region. Pete continues to demonstrate the value of his leadership and is always looking for opportunities to continue to develop. We are thrilled to introduce you to Pete and share a bit of his story with you.
What is your “why” for working for Think Together?
My why for working for Think Together is because I have the opportunity to serve the communities that have supported me. I have been lucky enough to have had positive people and structure in my life and I intend on returning the favor. I am proud to work for an organization that allows me to provide programs that put positive adult figures into the lives of children that can help make a difference in their lives. Every day I choose to use my time to be of service and make a difference.
Did you always want to work in education?
I did not, I honestly had no idea how much this job would have affected me. Once I felt the impact I was making and saw the difference I could make in people’s lives I knew I was in the right place.
Being a QAC, what have you seen Think Together sites help with during the pandemic?
During the Pandemic I have seen Think Together shift in real-time to support the changing needs of our students, families, and employees. I have been very proud to see how our organization has put the people first and done everything we could do to help and understand the challenges we are all facing. In just one academic school year many of our programs have provided three different offerings based on the needs expressed by our communities and district partners. I am very proud of how our organization has reacted to the challenges the pandemic has created and that I can play a part in helping our families.
What has stood out in the 2020-21 school year that has inspired you the most?
What has stood out to me the most this school year has been the mindset of our site leaders. As we began planning to return to in-person programming our site leaders rose to the occasion. These leaders navigated the challenging and demanding environment the pandemic created and ensured the programs we were opening were safe and supportive of our student and staff needs. These leaders inspire me with their dedication and drive to serve our communities and their non-wavering focus on keeping our people safe.
What is one piece of advice that you’ve given to your team that you think everyone should know?
One piece of advice that I would give is to be aware that the little things we do each day have long-lasting, potentially life-changing, effects on others. Helping a student with a difficult day, being there for them when they are hurt or upset, organizing something fun, or just asking someone how they are and telling them you care about them can make a huge difference. We truly have the opportunity to change lives and it can happen at any moment.
What are your professional goals?
One of my main professional goals is to support the expansion of our extended learning programs through the quality of services we provide. I believe our opportunity to provide summer programming is a catalyst to expand our programs to other districts and communities.
Long term I am focused on expanding my leadership lens and personal development to prepare for the next steps within the organization. I am eager to see how my new role will increase my ability to personally drive conversations and create relationships that will help our services reach more and more students each year.
Is there anything else you want to share?
Every day I am grateful to have this opportunity. I choose to take this opportunity to help others and truly enjoy the ability to have a part in changing lives for the better. I encourage you all to make that same choice, you may be that one person in someone’s life that makes the difference.