Centennial Staff Profiles
|Name||Sonia C. Rodriguez|
|Location||UCCE Butte County / Cluster|
|Time with ANR||1 year and 7 months|
I am a nutrition educator for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP). My typical day starts by coming to the office, greeting the support staff and my coworkers. I check my calendar, my email, and get a general vision of my day. I start preparing materials for lessons, calling participants and making a food list for the week. I review participant enrollment forms for my first class of the day. I check my utensil container and food supplies to make sure I carry the necessary equipment for delivering my lessons. Then I load all the supplies and materials into my car and drive to an agency site to teach my lesson. After the lesson, I clean up and organize my materials in preparation for delivering another lesson. Again, I read and return emails to current site representatives and to prospective collaborators. This is a typical EFNEP work day.
|Most Memorable Moment||
Choosing just one moment is hard in this job, as we touch so many lives. When participants begin to make positive lifestyle choices, it feels great! I like working in an environment where we all have the same mission and vision of what our job is all about. When I arrive at an agency site and parents and children embrace me and they are excited to tell me all about the EFNEP recipes they have made or the walk they took with their families, I know I am making a difference.
|What I love Most About Working for ANR||
What I love most about my job is watching my participants make improvements in their lifestyle and working with a team of staff who love what they do.
|My Story||My commitment to empower families in our rural communities attracted me to the EFNEP position. I graduated from Chico State with a degree in Computer Science. I worked as a bilingual teacher assistant to help pay for college. I worked in the fields in the summer. My first job after graduation was working with low-income families in the social service area. After working in affordable housing programs in eight rural counties in Northern California for 17 years, I was offered a job in Sacramento working with Fannie Mae in the loan modification department. After a year of driving to Sacramento every day, I decided to seek a job in Butte County, where I lived. I was fortunate to find a job with UC ANR in EFNEP. Working here compliments my commitment in helping people. Delivering EFNEP empowers low-income families live healthier and happier lives. It is important work!|