To celebrate the 15th anniversary in the organization’s history, we are bringing you a spotlight of someone who started his or her employment with Vista across each of the 15 years.
2017 – Krystal Joubert
Krystal began her Vista journey on January 30, 2017, as a Behavior Technician in a high school classroom. With a Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State and previous experience as a Habitation Aide for a Vista student for two and a half years, Krystal was a perfect Vista fit! On November 6, 2017, Krystal received an opportunity to transfer to the Early Intervention Program as a Registered Behavior Technician.
What do you look forward to when you come to work each day?
“I love coming to work and knowing that, no matter what happens throughout the day, it’s going to end up being a good day because we get the opportunity to interact and make an impact on our students!”
Krystal went on to share that the students have a direct impact on her life. She cherishes every moment she has with her students, because it creates a stronger bond between them.
Krystal also shared that she deeply enjoys her co-workers. She calls them “superheroes” and said, “I admire all of them and what they do on a daily basis. They put the students first every single day, are supportive of each other, and I have the ability to learn something new from each of them every day!”
What has being a part of the startup of Early Intervention been like?
“Being a part of the startup of Early Intervention has been a wonderful opportunity! Vista is such a large organization. She recalled hearing about the startup of Early Intervention during her orientation. “I am so thrilled to have the ability to be a part of it! I am excited to see what all is in store for this program. It can really only take off from here.”
Early Intervention utilizes a student-led instructional model. Staff incorporates the learning goal into an activity that the student prefers. For example, if a student enjoys blowing bubbles, Krystal may incorporate stomping on the bubbles to encourage the student to imitate motor movement.
“The students are three and four years old now. They are so fun and full of energy!”
What is the most rewarding part of your current role?
“Seeing the students make progress, just from the time you spend with them and the routines you are constantly doing with them. In the moment, it doesn’t always seem that the small things we do make a difference, but they are actually a huge part of the student’s success and growth.”
“Having the opportunity to be in the Registered Behavior Technician position is a blessing. I learn from the students and from the staff every day. I could not imagine being in a better position than I am right now.”