Meet our Employees!
Meet the wonderful people who support our clients at Puzzle Pieces!
My Name is Amber Center Etherton and I have been working at Puzzle Pieces since August of 2013. I am engaged and have 3 wonderful kids. I graduated college in December 2013 with a Bachelor's in Psychology.
My inspiration for working with people who have special needs came from a little boy that I started watching in 2009. He has autism and just watching the progress that he made day to day with communicating and doing things independently amazed me.
Working at Puzzle Pieces has taught more patience than I've ever had before and has given me a sense of pride that I've always longed for. I love the relationships that I've built with my clients and I love being able to teach them new things each and every day. I hope to continue to build on the current relationships I have with my clients and create news ones all the same.
I'm more than excited about all the places that I've seen Puzzle Pieces go and all the places that we are headed that are unknown.
My name is Karlee Millay and I have been working at Puzzle Pieces since August of 2015. I am a student at OCTC to gain my basic education, then plan to transfer to Murray State and seek a degree in Special Education. My love for working with those with disabilities began when I became a peer tutor. Once I graduated, I knew I wanted to continue to seek an opportunity to be involved with the special needs. Once I started working at Puzzle Pieces, I knew I had made the right decision choosing Special Education as my major. I love working at Puzzle Pieces and never dread going to work. I love getting hands on experience in my career path, and most importantly, helping those with disabilities learn and grow as a person. My clients have become a second family, I treasure the relationships I hold with each and every one of them. These people are my light at the end of the tunnel, the thing I get to look forward to every day, is seeing them. I can't imagine living my life without these people in my life. I am excited for the road ahead of me, because I know the Pieces will always be a big part of it.
I am from Owensboro, KY, and I grew up with two loving parents. I have worked at Puzzle Pieces over a year now. I love working at Puzzle Pieces because I have a passion for working with individuals with special needs. I enjoy helping these individuals improve their life and social skills. I am a student at Kentucky Wesleyan College studying Elementary and Special Education.
My name is Makenzie Jackson. I am a freshman at Brescia University and am majoring in Special Education and Elementary Education. I have worked at Puzzle Pieces for six months and have enjoyed every minute of it. I found my passion for working with individuals with disabilities when I became involved with my high school’s peer tutoring program. The highlight of my day was having the opportunity to help and interact with these students. This experience altered my life for the better and led me to pursue a career in Special Education. In this, I found my two biggest inspirations; one of which was a student and the other, a teacher. This particular student showed me that despite obstacles in life, there is always a reason to be happy and encourage others. I worked closely with this student for two years and formed a bond with him that I will always cherish. My second inspiration is a teacher that I had the privilege of being a peer tutor for. She is constantly thinking of new and innovative lessons and activities to best facilitate her students and is exactly the kind of teacher I will strive to be. She is one of my biggest role models and in that short year together, I learned so much from her. Working at Puzzle Pieces has been one of the best decisions I have made. It has prepared me immensely for what to expect in the future. In addition to this, I have made an abundance of new friendships with both the clients and staff. I am blessed to work with coworkers who share the same passion as I do and work tirelessly to be the best at their job that they can be. The clients I have had the privilege of working with have further assured me that this is the profession I undoubtedly want to go into. They have taught me so much about compassion and tolerance. It is truly a blessing to work at Puzzle Pieces and I couldn’t imagine working anywhere else.