Always caring for children: Angela Pratt
“Angela Pratt is amazing!” says Diane Nappa, director of Casey’s Place, where Angela works as training coordinator. “She is versatile, resilient, wonderful with the children, and thoughtful of the staff.”
Angela began her career as a teacher’s aide but saw Elmcrest as her path to a future of doing what she loves. Now in her fourth important role over the past decade at Elmcrest, Angela says she’s right where she wants to be.
Elmcrest’s residential home for boys with developmental disabilities gave Angela her start as a Direct Support Professional. She worked with boys aged 15-22 who needed support. Her role was to guide them toward becoming more independent.
Promoted to Program Manager at Elmcrest’s Family Support Center, Angela worked with boys and girls who had been removed from their homes for their safety.
“We were keeping entire families of children together, letting them know they were safe, out of difficult situations, continuing their routine, helping them with school and activities,” Angela says. “I loved it.”
When the Covid pandemic forced schedule changes at Elmcrest, Angela was needed as a Student Advocate in Cottage 8. As part of the Residential Education Program, she worked with teenage boys who have developmental and/or emotional challenges.
Angela returned to the Developmental Disability Services team at Casey’s Place.
“Angela gets everybody,” says Iellan Rice, Casey’s Place Nurse Supervisor. “She is a great supervisor and great team leader. She also is a non-stop working machine who puts herself in other people’s shoes. She thinks about everybody, the real person.”
Angela says her success as a trainer is tied to how she works with children.
“Working with boys and girls who have the challenges they do is not all rainbows and butterflies,” Angela said. “You cannot train anyone to be a nice person, but you can help someone to interact well. I just show them how to relate to the children in our care. And I said it before, I love working with children.”