Hi, I’m Kathy Evans, the new Vocational Coordinator at OPTIONS Transitions to Independence. I am proud to say that I received my Associate of Arts degree at John A. Logan College, followed by a Bachelor’s degree in Workforce Education from SIU-Carbondale in 2006. In addition, I have earned additional ISBE certifications in several vocational areas, which I believe will be beneficial in my role here.
My ten years of classroom management experience in the high school setting is also an asset to the program, as I have gained valuable insight into teaching and supporting students with learning disabilities. I have always tended to think outside the box and believe that if a student can find motivation and passion in the task at hand, the student will grow exponentially.
I have local business connections and plan to utilize them to help our students find joy in the journey. I have owned small businesses for several years and have also worked in retail management, and I am excited to share my knowledge so that the students in OPTIONS thrive and prosper.
Before my career in education, I served in the Army for six years, specializing in field communications. During my time in the Army, I learned that self-discipline is necessary in order to succeed, and I plan to bring this mindset to my role as Vocational Coordinator.
I believe that students deserve to gain confidence based on their own merits, with the understanding that they can accomplish the goals that are set in place for them. I also strongly believe that parents are a vital part of this process and have had great success in working with them to achieve their goals for their child.
I am always open and upfront in dealing with expectations that parents and staff have in the development of each student, and I am truly passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of our students here at OPTIONS Transitions to Independence.