Derek S

Therapeutic Assistant

Blue Bird Day Employee Since 2021


Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Dance,
Elmhurst University

Credentials and Certification 

  • DCFS Mandated Reporter
  • CPR/AED Certified

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My Story

I decided to become a therapist to help improve the lives of individuals who have a mental or physical disability. People should be able to live a good quality of life, regardless of their physical or mental status.

My Blue Bird Day

I am looking forward to becoming a part of the team and making a difference in the lives of the children who come here.

My Advocacy

I advocate for eliminating the stigma behind mental health. I support organizations such as 360 Youth Services and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). I also advocate for rehabilitation rather than incarceration of individuals suffering from addiction.

My Blue Bird Day Goals

  1. My goal right now is to get more experience working the healthcare field before I go to grad school. I plan to get my masters in mental health counseling, occupational therapy, or public health.