While she was in high school, Marina Pebley spent a few summers providing care for a teenage boy with Autism. “I really enjoyed getting to know and hang out with him, as well as getting to do fun summer activities and take him to his therapy sessions,” said Marina. “So, when I saw that Rainbows provided services for kids with special needs, I thought it would be a great job.”
Marina has been working at Rainbows for around two and a half years now. During the school year, she works at Kids’ Cove’s Latchkey program. During Latchkey, she spends time with different kids doing after-school activities and helping them with homework until they go home.
During the summer months, Marina is a direct service professional at Rainbows’ summer services program. “This summer with the changes necessary during the pandemic, a normal work day for me consists of bringing a Camp experience to my in-home client at her house,” said Marina. “We spend time doing different Camp activities that have been prepared for us, completing task boxes, listening to music, and going to the park.”
“Marina is quiet and thoughtful,” said Camp Director Tiffany Graf. “She excels at finding out what the kids need to be successful.”
“My favorite part of this job is getting to know all the kids and just spend time interacting with them,” said Marina. “It’s great getting to start learning about the kids’ interests and personalities and then making stronger connections with them as I really get to know them.”
Marina is currently pursuing a degree in Secondary Education at Wichita State University. She enjoys spending time outside walking or riding her bike, and also enjoys spending time with friends or family.