Tanya Cushing, PHR
SECRETARY (2016 - Present)
"Real” job position: Director of Human Resources and Development, NorthCountry Federal Credit Union
Number of years working in the learning/development realm: 20 years!
How did you first get into the learning and development world?
Soon after deciding to become a full time, stay at home, mom, I realized, being home full time was not an option for me. Because it was important to me to be closely involved in my children's education I began working at the private school they attended. I began as a preschool teachers aide, worked as a substitute teacher in grades K-8 and worked in the afterschool program.
When my children moved to the public school system I worked as an Instructional Assistant. The most amazing experience I had was working with a 5 year old who struggled with communication, among other things. The summer before he started attending school I worked with his advocate and his family. We built a relationship and began learning sign language together. I was fortunate to be able to contribute to the success of this child during his first two years of elementary school. Now, I have the pleasure of working with adults to help them to achieve their career goals.
What’s a favorite quote that helps to give you inspiration and keep you going in this crazy line of work of ours?
"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
- Maya Angelou
Where do you spend time when you're not working?
I love being outdoors! Hiking, paddle boarding and riding my motorcycle, are just a few of the things I do to relax. I live in the woods, on a 28 acre pond and dread the end of the day when it's time to go inside and "call it a day."