Get To Know Michele Ramsay: CIP Brevard’s Program Director

Our new, In-Focus blog feature highlights a staff member as a way to learn more about the incredible professionals we have across CIP. Michele Ramsay has led CIP Brevard since she joined CIP in June of 2015. We asked Michele about her 5+ years at CIP, the changes she’s seen, and got her take on how we can best collaborate with and help our students achieve.

 

What’s your most memorable CIP experience in your 5+ years?

I truly have a ton of great memories in such a short period of time. But my most memorable events are hurricanes, from preparing the students to riding out the storm with them.

 

How has CIP helped you grow in your career as a leader?

After 18 years in public education, I had a certain mindset or said restrictions on how far we could assist a student and family. At CIP, we have the luxury of using honest language with both the student and family, setting realistic expectations, and being a part of experiential learning at its best. As a leader, this allows me to guide and support my staff in a meaningful way.

 

What’s your favorite thing about the Brevard Center?

My amazing team of colleagues.This team of dedicated professionals bring energy, experience, and positivity to the center day in and day out. They are constantly challenging me to be a better leader and I am honored to work alongside them.

 

What advice would you give to someone embarking on a career working with young adults with ASD or other learning differences?

 

Working in this field is the most rewarding gift as far as employment experiences. To have the opportunity to help another person find their hidden talent and shine in their own light, is a precious gift and difficult to find in many careers. My advice for when you are stressed - keep remembering who you are serving (The Students) and the value you bring to their lives.

 

Tell us a fun fact about yourself that not many people know.

I am very competitive but sometimes to a fault because I might go to extreme lengths to win a challenge. :-)

 

What’s Michele up to when not at the CIP Center?

The Salt Life: reading, swimming, or walking - I want to be doing it at the beach and that’s my own personal relaxation. As a family, it’s usually something sports-related.

About College Internship Program

The College Internship Program is a comprehensive transition program for young adults on the Autism Spectrum and with Learning Differences. Our Mission is to inspire independence and expand the foundation on which young adults with Autism, ADHD, and other Learning Differences can build happy and productive lives.


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