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For Her, The Job is Teaching the Teachers
 
Nancy Jones-Bonbrest
Special to The Baltimore Sun
August 10, 2008
 
RAMONA GREEN
Vice President/Education Consultant for Teamwork Connection Inc., Baltimore
 
How she got started
After earning a bachelor's degree in education from what is now Coppin State University, Green went to work for Baltimore's public schools as an elementary school teacher. While working, she completed a master's degree in education from the Johns Hopkins University.  
 Due to a city school system deficit, and after 29 years, which included 15 years as a teacher and 14 years as an early childhood curriculum specialist, Green lost her job during system-wide layoffs in 2004. She considered other fields but decided to stick with what she knew and formed an educational consulting company, RLG Educational Associates. She worked on a contractual basis with the Maryland State Department of Education and Baltimore City and Baltimore County public schools to train early childhood education teachers and certify day care and Head Start centers. Two years ago, she and a former co-worker started a non-profit organization, Teamwork Connection, a spin-off of RLG Educational Associates.
Typical day
Green starts her day by answering e-mails, returning phone calls and scheduling appointments. Her job is to train early learning educators, offer technical support to child care centers, and evaluate early learning programs. She also works with child care programs and centers, assisting them through state accreditation. Her job takes her all over the state to public school systems, day care facilities, Head Start programs and elementary schools. "My role is to assist these programs that care for young children. The onus is on them to train the children and prepare them for school, ready to learn," she says. During the school year, she has contracts to work at two Judith P. Hoyer Early Child Care and Family Education Centers, known as Judy Centers. She works there twice a week, providing technical and instructional support. Green says the days of working regular hours and knowing a paycheck will be there at the end of the week are gone. In addition to working during the week, Green also often spends weekends and evenings marketing her company, preparing proposals or giving training sessions. "I can't even put a number on the amount of hours. I'm constantly working. You cannot miss a beat when you work for yourself." Education is in her blood Green says she comes from a family of educators. Her mother and an uncle were principals, and an aunt was an assistant principal.
 The good
 "I really enjoy what I do when I see good teaching. If you can teach young children, that's their foundation."
 The bad
 "Paying those corporate taxes."
Future of early childhood education
 "I think now more and more educators are beginning to realize that the early years are the most important ones."
 Philosophy
 "Failure is not an option for me. Sometimes you have to get out of your own way and do what you need to do."
 
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