Katelyn Snyder began working at PublicSchoolWORKS in April 2017. As a Program Management Coordinator (PMC), Katelyn helps districts map out their regulatory, compliance and training needs and then develops corresponding school safety and risk management programs. She also builds strong partnerships with her customers to ensure the programs are utilized to their fullest so schools are safer and more efficient. Now, with schools hyper-focused on the threat of violence and crisis prevention and response, making school safer has taken on a new definition.
On March 14, 2018, students across the country self-organized school walkouts to commemorate the one-month anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting and to pay tribute to the 17 students who tragically died that day. They also walked out to raise awareness about issues of school safety and to highlight the fact that they don’t feel safe at school.
Since helping students and staff feel safe at school is the ultimate goal of her job, the school walkouts deeply affected Katelyn. During a meeting with her Client Services team on the day of the walkouts, Katelyn realized more than ever before the impact PSW can have on helping districts improve the safety of their schools. In a personal Facebook post, Katelyn shared that the passion and dedication of her team reiterates “the power, capability, and potential we have at PublicSchoolWORKS to truly help public school districts in ways that I never fully realized.”
She went on to say that “our students are in crisis… and what we really need to focus on is school SAFETY. How do we make our schools SAFE again? I’m proud to work for a company where we have the opportunity to play even a minimal role in protecting staff and students.”
You can read Katelyn’s post in its entirety below.
In wake of the school walk outs today I just have something that I need to say about my job and the company that I work for. It’s really hard to put into words, and it has taken almost a year to sink in and formulate, but I’m going to try.
We had a Client Services meeting this morning, as we do every Wednesday, to discuss our challenges and successes from the week before. However, this meeting today reiterated to me something far more poignant and that’s the power, capability, and potential we have at PublicSchoolWORKS to truly help public school districts in ways that I never fully realized.
It’s easy to say that I help implement our software. It’s easy to say I build compliance plans or training plans. It’s easy to say I help manage a program, but the scope of what we’re capable of doing through managing these programs for our schools is inspiring.
Most importantly right now though, is the fact that our children and our students are in crisis. They don’t feel safe at school anymore and they have staged walk outs all across the country today to demonstrate this fact. Despite where you stand on gun laws, what we really need to focus on is school SAFETY. How do we make our schools SAFE again? I’m proud to work for a company where we have the opportunity to play even a minimal role in protecting staff and students through our EmployeeSafe and StudentWatch programs, and the dedication of my coworkers and our executive team leaders.
I’m immensely grateful to work with others who are truly passionate about doing everything we can to ensure the well-being and safety of staff and students in our schools. And I’m honored to play whatever small role I can to contribute to this overall goal.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I love my job.