I have my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse. I have been working in the field for 8.5 years. I started as a DSP at an adult foster care facility in La Crescent, worked my way up to a Direct Support Supervisor, and then a Designated Coordinator. I came to Legacies in November 2018 where I am also a Designated Coordinator.
I believe in working hard, and that effort is just as important as success. I think that intelligence is relative, and that everyone has certain talents to share. I also believe in asking for help, as it is the greatest tool you can ever learn how to use appropriately. Honesty is important, and there are 360 degrees of the truth, as it looks different from every perspective. I like to keep this in mind when talking to my clients, parents/guardians/care givers, and staff.
Outside of Work
My husband and I like to keep busy with projects around the house. Whether it is cutting wood for our fireplace, taking on a home improvement project, or doing some organizing- it is never a dull moment at the Beck house! We have hung a garage door, poured a sidewalk, and replaced doors and windows. We also have a boat that we enjoy going on the river with. I have a step-son that is in elementary school and We welcomed a baby girl, very early, into our lives in November. We are looking forward to the addition to our family. I enjoy crafting and the “making it look nice” part of cooking. I like to decorate cakes and cake pops and also make candy bouquets.
A skill you may not see on my resume, is llama showman. At the young age of 12, I took on the endeavor of showing llamas at a county fair. How might one show llamas, you may ask? Well, very carefully. To complete the competition you were supposed to dress like your llama, and take them through an obstacle course. I took this literally and dressed in black and white as my llama was black and white. His name was Bandito and preferred to not walk backwards. Though I was never spit at, Bandito and I subsequently finished 6th in the competition. If you are wondering 6th place still gets a ribbon. It is yellow on one side and rainbow on the other.