Meet The Staff

Who we are is evident in our core values, mission and vision statement. It is visible in our policies and hiring practices, which sets the tone for our customer service approach.

Courtney

Data Verification Specialist

Courtney brought her customer support experience to Achieve in February 2018, joining the staff as a Data Verification Specialist.  Courtney has experience working in child welfare at the Department of Job and Family Services in Ohio coordinating cases and managing resources that met the needs of families.  In addition, Courtney has conducted research for The National Center for Family and Marriage Research and The National Institute of Child Health and Development where she studied child relationships.  At Achieve, Courtney enjoys being able to focus her skills and energy on meeting the needs of those working in childhood care and education.

Hyewon

Professional Development Strategist

Hyewon supports the Achieve team by forming partnerships and collaborating with Higher Education Institutions to improve the procedures for the analysis of credit-based official transcripts.  She is responsible for creating Higher Education rubrics for transcript coding and processing Career Lattice Appeal Forms.  Prior to joining the team in 2015, Hyewon was an Administrative Assistant at a Montessori Academy in California and an ESL teacher in Chile and Spain.

Julia

Julia

Data Verification Coordinator

Self-described as an extremely organized and detail-oriented person, Julia is excellent at processing and finalizing individual membership applications and ensuring policies and procedures are followed. She began working at Achieve in August 2016, as a Data Verification Specialist and was promoted to Lead Data Verification Specialist in 2017 and later to Data Verification Coordinator in August 2018. With enthusiasm, Julia says, “I take pride in ensuring that our clients’ profiles are up-to-date and accurate, and helping them along the way.”

Julie

Julie

Public Outreach & Engagement Specialist

Julie joined Achieve in July 2016 as the Public Outreach and Engagement Specialist. Her focus is managing our strategic communications while ensuring the accessibility of our services.  With over 10 years of experience in community relations and public outreach, Julie appreciates sharing information about the important work we do. As a parent, Julie values our clients and takes pride in helping the MN Childhood Care and Education workforce connect to helpful resources and tools needed to achieve their professional goals.

Laura

Laura

Document Intake Specialist

Achieve welcomed Laura to the team as a Document Intake Specialist in September 2017. With over 30 years in education, Laura has experience as a director and preschool teacher. In her role with Achieve, Laura ensures all documents connect to the proper user account. She realizes the importance of the work she does for Individual Members and appreciates the opportunity to support you!

Lynne

Lynne

Develop Technical Assistance Specialist

Lynne joined Achieve in May 2017 as the Develop Technical Assistance Specialist. Lynne has a strong background in customer service and utilizes her experience to support clients with Develop related questions. She holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and has experience as a preschool teacher. With over 17 years as a Family Advocate at a Head Start/Early Head Start agency, Lynne values the work our clients do and takes pride in providing excellent customer service to them.

Nicky

Nicky

Professional Support Specialist

Nicky transferred to Achieve in October 2016 from The Registry, Inc., Wisconsin’s Recognition System for the Childhood Care and Education profession, as the Lead Data Verification Specialist and was promoted to Professional Support Specialist in June 2017. She has been active in the Childhood Care and Education field for 11 years as a lead teacher in group child care. Nicky holds an associate degree in early childhood and a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies/social work. Nicky provides customer service to our clients via phone and email and approves Trainers and RBPD Specialists.

Sawe

Document Intake Specialist

Prior to joining Achieve in June 2017, Sawe was a lead toddler teacher for four years and is happy to support others in the childhood care and education field. As a Document Intake Specialist, Sawe receives all incoming documentation. Sawe ensures each client’s application is processed quickly and accurately. With over seven years of client service experience, she enjoys interacting with members by phone and email.

Sheemika

Data Verification Specialist

Sheemika joined Achieve in July 2016 as an Intake Specialist receiving documentation via email and faxes.  In 2017, Sheemika became a Data Verification Specialist, where she processes and enters individual membership applications and provides customer service. As a former child care provider, Sheemika understands the process childhood care and education practitioners go through to remain up-to-date on current research, best practices and other requirements in order to achieve their goals. She takes pride in her ability to support others’ achievements in the childhood care and education field.

Tara

Tara

Operations Coordinator

Achieve welcomed Tara to the team in February 2014. During her tenure as a Data Verification Specialist she demonstrated exceptional organizational and customer service skills. In 2016, she assumed a new role as the Lead Professional Development Specialist and in 2017, she took on the role of Professional Development Coordinator, and in 2018 became Achieve’s Operations Coordinator.  Tara supports our organization by ensuring operational policies and procedures are in full compliance with contract requirements and standards.  Her commitment to looking after children’s best interests along with her respect for the ECE workforce, guides her path in supporting our clients and their achievement goals.

Achieve at The Registry, Inc.

Nanny
Camp Counselor
Guardian ad Litem
Assistant Teacher
Child Care Center Director
Youth Worker
Recreation Leader/Director
Child Care Lead Teacher
Teacher’s Aide
Family Child Care Provider
Early Head Start Teacher
Food Program Monitor
RBPD Specialist
Home Visitor
Achieve Trainer I
Public School Paraprofessional or Teacher’s Aide
RBPD Specialist
Child/Family Counselor
Child Welfare Social Worker
Early Childhood and Family Education (ECFE) Teacher
Special Education Teacher
Registered Dietician or Nutritionist
Human Service Director
Achieve Trainer II
Child Support Officer
K-6 Teacher
ECFE Parent Educator
Early Intervention Specialist
Head Start Teacher
Professional Development Advisor
Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist
Educational Researcher
Achieve Master Trainer
Children’s Librarian
Family Therapist
Child Development Specialist
Early Childhood Professor (College or University)
School Counselor
Speech & Language Pathologist
Child Psychologist
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KCF CONTENT AREACORE COMPETENCY (OLD)CDA CONTENT AREA
I: Child Development and LearningI: Child Growth & Development8: Principles of Child Development and Learning
II.A: Creating Positive Learning ExperiencesIIa: Creating the Learning Environment2: Steps to advance children’s physical and intellectual development
II.B: Promoting Cognitive DevelopmentIIc: Language and Literacy IId: Cognitive Development2: Steps to advance children’s physical and intellectual development
II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional DevelopmentIIe: Personal and Social Development IV: Interactions with Children3: Positive ways to support children’s social and emotional development
II.D: Promoting Physical DevelopmentIIb: Physical Development2: Steps to advance children’s physical and intellectual development
II.E: Promoting Creative DevelopmentIIf: Creativity and the Arts2: Steps to advance children’s physical and intellectual development
III: Relationships with FamiliesV: Families and Communities4:Strategies to establish productive relationships with families
IV.A: Observing, Recording and Assessing DevelopmentIII: Assessment and Planning for Individual Needs7: Observing and recording children’s behavior
IV.B: Assessing and Using Information to PlanIII: Assessment and Planning for Individual Needs7: Observing and recording children’s behavior
IV.C: Assessing and Using Information to Enhance and Maintain Program QualityVII: Program Planning and Evaluation5: Strategies to manage effective program operation
V: Historical and Contemporary Development of Early Childhood EducationN/A6: Maintaining a commitment to professionalism
VI: ProfessionalismVIII: Professional Development and Leadership6: Maintaining a commitment to professionalism
VII.A: Establishing Healthy PracticesVI: Health, Safety and Nutrition
1: Planning a safe, healthy learning environment
VII.B: Ensuring SafetyVI: Health, Safety and Nutrition
1: Planning a safe, healthy learning environment
VII.C: Providing Healthy NutritionVI: Health, Safety and Nutrition
1: Planning a safe, healthy learning environment
VIII: Application through Clinical ExperiencesN/A6: Maintaining a commitment to professionalism