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Employee Spotlight: Ceaira McKoy
Each month, we highlight a Participate Learning staff member to get an inside look at how different roles contribute to Participate Learning’s success. Read on to learn more about Ceaira McKoy, one of our human resource specialists.
Participate Learning is well-known for its educational programs: global schools, visiting international teachers (ambassadors), and dual language. As with every B Corporation, there is a network of people who work hard to make that life-changing work possible. At the very beginning of this network lies our human resource specialists.
Human resources departments are responsible for a range of different functions in most companies. They recruit, screen, interview, train and place employees.
HR specialists also facilitate employee relations, payroll, and help employees navigate benefits enrollments and participation. They are often the first meaningful connection for employees who are new to a company and they help pave the way for a smooth transition to a new workplace.
The human resources department at Participate Learning is no different. Staff would not be able to do their jobs without the support of HR.
Ceaira McKoy is one of our Human Resources Generalists. Employees can trust that Ceaira will be available and eager to help if they ever have questions.
She is also in constant communication with our international Participate Learning teachers. Whenever our cultural exchange teachers need help with benefits or just need support, HR is eager to offer help.
Ceaira’s Path to Human Resources
Even though she loves her position, Ceaira didn’t always dream of a career in HR. When she was younger she wanted to be a nurse anesthetist, but she found her calling at Participate Learning.
She began her journey in November 2014 as an intern in the HR department. Ceaira had no prior knowledge or experience in HR, but benefitted from thorough training and grew to love the position.
“I was fortunate to receive great training and given important responsibilities. That opportunity solidified my decision to pursue a career in HR following my graduation from college,” Ceaira said.
With every job comes a set of challenges and Ceaira’s is no different. There are so many employees that need a variety of different things and deadlines can become blurry. Time management skills are a necessity when supporting many employees in different departments.
Ceaira overcomes these challenges with many different skills and strategies. She manages her calendar attentively and always keeps her to-do list current.
Working at Participate Learning is fulfilling and fun. While Ceaira loves many aspects of her job, she has one experience that clearly sticks out as the most memorable: having the opportunity to travel to Coast Rica with some of her coworkers last year to visit with Participate Learning staff based there.
This trip was part of a Participate Learning pilot program in which the company encourages its employees to travel and get to know their colleagues who work outside of the country. “We had an amazing time exploring new things together,” shares Ceaira.
Do Well, Do Good
Ceaira believes that the most rewarding part of her job is helping others. Last year many communities in North Carolina were devastated by two major hurricanes, Florence and Michael.
Participate Learning was eager to help those in need. After raising money through a company-wide fundraiser, funds were donated to nearby communities. Employees gathered together to support people who had lost everything, and Ceaira is grateful to have had the opportunity to help.
Ceaira’s support of Participate Learning employees helps further the mission of the company. Of the company’s core values, Ceaira identifies most with “Do well, do good.”
“The exposure of global concepts and cultures that we provide to students is very important. I believe that we do a great job of doing good things for our future generation of global citizens,” Ceaira said.
Read more about how Participate Learning employees exemplify our values and embrace our mission.