la'tonya V.M.L. osborne -
southeastern Louisiana university
A senior Child Welfare student scholar pursuing a BSW with a minor in Family Consumer Science, La’Tonya is also a mother of two boys and a full-time Behavioral Interventionist at Marrero Middle School. Her decision to participate in the student scholar program was inspired by Dr. Hebert, Mrs. Candice London-Miller, and Mrs. Elam and that, “These ladies not only inspire me, they pushed me to see the good that I do when I work with the children and families that I engage on a day to day basis.”
La’Tonya claims the decision to continue school while working and raising a family was a tough decision, however, it has been rewarding, not only to her but the children whom she serves. She often shares her experiences with them and encourages them to make positive decisions. The greatest reward for La’Tonya is having the responsibility of counseling students and parents regarding student behavior, creating intervention plans for students who need additional social and emotional support, supporting teachers by holding students accountable for their decisions, and mentoring students on the effects of their everyday choices. She takes pride in being a strong supportive advocate for the children that I work with as well as her own children.
La’Tonya says the following regarding her future, “My career goals include working for DCFS and gaining knowledge and experience in that area of social work to serve the community better. My plan is to receive my Master’s degree in Social Work. Upon completion of the Master’s degree, I would like to work in either a different area of child welfare or go into the Educational area of Social Work. Another aspiration I have for myself is to start my own outreach program (Beautiful S. O. U. L) to service parents within the schools and after-school. Overall, my purpose is to encourage children and families to strive to make a difference for themselves and to never give up. I would like to be the bridge that links children and families to services that are available to them within their communities. Most importantly, I hope to be an example of showing the community of people I serve how to advocate for themselves and support them in achieving their goals and future aspirations.”