Linda Lawson is a Master Certified Trainer who is also the Director of the Ida Thompson Child Development Program at Spartanburg Regional Hospital, now managed by Bright Horizons. Linda has served in many capacities in child care for the last 30 years. She fell in love with the field when she began teaching 3 year olds in her church’s preschool program.
1. What one word best describes your training style?
2. Where do you find inspiration for new and different training activities?
Other trainers and trainings, articles from the internet or early education magazines, and Sharon Bowman is the best resource ever!
3. In your trainer role, what’s your superpower?
Presenting information I feel passionate about.
4. What helps you stay organized and on schedule while training?
It is helpful to me to have the details in writing with times notated when I should finish one section and begin another – it serves as somewhat of a “map” for me.
Pair share – where they have to find a “matching” person to share information with.
6. If you were a box of cereal, what would you be and why?
Honey Nut Cheerios because I am sweet and basic, nothing fancy.
7. What’s one item you take to every single training?
My “map”! (described above)
8. In your opinion, what’s the biggest challenge about training adults?
Giving them information they can use and will attend to – since they are required to be there and we usually have a variety of ages the teachers work with in attendance.
9. How would you like to improve as a trainer?
I would like to broaden my range of topics to cover in training.
10. What one piece of advice would you give to new trainers?
Know your subject but be prepared to go with the flow as the class “unfolds”.