Norma was born in Watsonville, CA and grew up in Moss Landing until she moved away to San Jose State University for college. She spent five years in San Jose, then moved back home before graduation to live in her family’s new home in Castroville. In her spare time, Norma enjoys reading, hiking, visiting new places and rooting for the Golden State Warriors.
Norma has worked for Easterseals since her last semester at SJSU in 2013 – first as a respite provider, then as a health aide and a behavior aide the following two years. She was subbing in-between those positions until she became the educational services sub coordinator in 2015. About a year later, she became the department coordinator and is currently in this position today.
Naturally, Norma is a giving person and believes this characteristic of hers helps her when focusing on working with clients. Her clients require a lot of energy and hard work from her to help promote their independence and their growing self-esteem, especially with certain physical or mental disabilities.
Norma loves being part of the team at Easterseals Central California and loves the support she sees amongst the team. The support she’s experienced, “…helps staff and clients get the best versions of ourselves every day regardless of what life throws at us. What inspires me most about my job here at Easterseals is the drive and motivation it gives me to be better and learn from the people I help each and every day. There’s something so rewarding about being open to new ideas and figuring out better ways to deal with different types of personalities and disabilities in and out of work.”
“Norma is an awesome part of our Ed Services Team. I really don’t know what I would do without her help and support. She has made a tremendous impact on the quality of staff we hire and on the way we train and support the Ed Services staff. She has a passion for serving special needs children that is inspiring. She has also gained the respect of the school district’s administrative personnel and that has had an impact on our current growth. I am truly grateful for her.” – Larry Doan, Director of Ed Services