The staff at Summit truly love their jobs, and they keep coming back day after day because they simply can't help themselves. I was tasked with the job of interviewing one of the newer members of the team here, Katie. We talked all about what brought her to Summit, where she's been, and where she would like to go, and of course, what it's like here and now.
Here's what I learned about Katie:
Katie grew up right here in the Flathead, and in high school, she decided she wanted to study Psychology. One day at her school, a guest lecturer came in, Mick Stemborski, and talked all about the profession. Today, Mick serves as our recovery specialist here at Summit. From that point forward, Katie couldn't get enough. She attained a degree in psychology at the University of Montana in Missoula; and spent a semester in Australia, which helped her to develop an appreciation for the diversity of the entire world. She decided to return to The Flathead Valley, she landed a job working for Summit Prep as a substitute-staff last summer.
A few months ago, she transitioned into a full time role as an RC on Girls Team Neon. Katie was greeted with a warm welcome from both the team and her co-workers, Jessie (the team's other RC) and Amy (the team's therapist). Katie said the environment was very open and welcoming. She really began strengthening the relationship with the girls on her team over the last few months. Katie talked about how she and each girl on the team have established a healthy and trusting rapport. They slowly, but surely have built strong and trusting relationships, as is characteristic of each RC at Summit and their teams.
Katie talked a lot of the kind of unique working environment she expects every day from Summit. She particularly enjoys being outdoors and active at work. Many days are spent active; hiking, skiing and sledding, Katie gets to use outdoor activities to strengthen the relationship with her team every day.
Katie typically finishes her notes and heads back home around 10 or 11 pm. After a long day's work, Katie loves playing with her tiny dog, Olive, going on walks and painting. She loves being an RC at Summit Prep and has no intention of stopping any time soon!