They call me Peppy because I am extremely energetic and enthusiastic. I was born in ’57 and, growing up in the sixties, had a hard time in school. It was not until I was in my 20s (in the ’80s) that I was diagnosed with ADHD. I also suffer from anxiety.
Nevertheless, I have had a long and varied career. I worked as an Executive Assistant for one of the Look Closer campaign sponsors — PricewaterhouseCoopers — for 22 years, so I know they are committed to working with people with disabilities. I now work as a paraprofessional for special needs high school students and also work part-time as a barista at Starbucks. Starbucks is well-known for their dedication to employment diversity in all areas and works hard to support everyone they employ. The Department of Education in New York is, of course, deeply committed to helping its students make their way in the world and, having disabilities, I am more qualified than many to support and encourage them.
I love both my jobs, but working with kids is extraordinarily gratifying and I attempt each day to build them up, let them know how much we care, and make sure they know how special they are. I let them know that their disabilities do not have to hold them back and can actually make them more qualified than others for particular jobs. They just need to figure out what they do best and follow that lead to find satisfaction and meaning in their lives.
I let them know that their disabilities do not have to hold them back Peppy Greenberg Paraprofessional/Barista, Department of Education/NYC and Starbucks