The following is an update letter that Jess wrote (with a few edits) to her family, we thought it would be a good idea to post it here as well and update everyone on what we have been up to and what our plans are for the future, enjoy!
Jared is a licensed massage therapist and has been working at Athlete’s Touch since February. He enjoys doing this work very much and is still expanding his client base as well as keeping regular clients! He is also no longer working at Ground’s Crew!!! This was a big decision for us financially since Ground’s Crew is a steady paying job and massage is client based.
Jared also has a few consistent personal training clients as well who are all seeing very good results for the needs they asked for! We are also working with the ultimate community on Monday nights doing speed and agility clinics. We have a big group of high school students that come to this to train for the YCC teams that will compete in Minnesota in August for a high school National title.
Maine Movement also sponsors/captains a summer league ultimate team! We are still growing and we figured this would be a good way to get people talking about us!
As for me (Jess), I have a Masters of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis. I am still currently working at the Morrison Center in the high school program. I am waiting to get an Ed Tech to replace my position so I can move into a more appropriate job based on my degree. I have made/been offered a behavioral technician position. This is similar to a BCBA but since I don’t have my certification I cannot call myself a BCBA, plus I also still need more supervision hours for my internship and just supervision in general as there are still some things I am unsure of. I am hoping to do less Ed Tech days in the summer and more behavioral technician work in the summer and become full time come september. I will also be traveling to our Wells facility as well. I feel that doing this work full time will increase in abilities, knowledge, and study skills for the exam and for my future. I am looking at taking my exam for my BCBA certification in November of this year. So cross your fingers crossed someone applies and gets hired soon!!
I have done some coaching under Jared at clinics, but am still not very comfortable talking in front of a whole group. I have been doing more one-on-one stuff with friends at the gym, or taking people aside at clinics. My goal is to become a certified Strength and Conditioning Coach as well so I am able to work with people with disabilities under Maine Movement. But I still need a lot of training myself to become more knowledgable.
Our club team Ursidae is a mix of old players and new players. We are excited for what the season will bring us. We placed 5th at Easterns which the highest a Maine based team has ever done. We will be attending the Boston Invite which is an invite only tournament of 8 mixed teams. This is the same weekend as the Trek Across Maine. Jared and I had to make the very hard decision to cancel the Trek and attend this really important high level tournament in preparation for an even bigger tournament in Arkansas in August!!!! We are looking forward to this and have been fundraising to help cut costs, especially since we have college students on our team who cannot afford some of the expenses.
I believe that is what has been going on so far in the year of 2015 in the Jandreau household. We Just celebrated our 2 year wedding anniversary on Monday June 15th (the cotton year). We decided to get ourselves sweatshirts with the Maine Movement logo on it to show off wherever we go!