Carmen McCotter

HSA USA Associate – California

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About Me

Carmen is passionate about making a difference in people’s lives through education. Before joining H S A USA she  served as Director of an English School where she taught Spanish, and English as a Second Language, and worked with AmeriCorps as a case manager supporting women who experienced domestic violence and abuse.  She leads H S A USA’s curriculum development team, producing resources and materials for in person, remote, and online delivery. She finds great joy in helping others pursue personal growth and develop the skills and confidence needed to do their best work.

What others like and admire about me

  • Positive attitude and energy
  • Patient even when faced with difficult situations
  • Ability to work or connect with anyone
  • Curious and constantly learning
  • Warm and approachable
  • Collaborative approach to solution-focused problem solving

What’s important to me

  • A passion for learning and being around other people who are actively learning and growing
  • Creating a positive environment where everyone has the opportunity to share and grow
  • Structured time that allows for creativity and productivity with clear expectations and goals
  • Time with my family and friends, regardless of the activity
  • Interaction with people whether it’s through collaboration, leading a training or teaching, helping someone solve a problem or simply sharing ideas and thoughts
  • Solutions focused problem solving
  • Building strength and confidence through kickboxing
  • Connecting with nature through hiking, backpacking and camping
  • Experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen (especially sourdough)

How best to support me

  • Clear feedback (both positive and constructive) so I can develop what’s effective and rethink what needs to be improved
  • Communication! I love to talk through ideas and challenges and would rather hear too much than not enough
  • I work best with clear expectations and deadlines so that I can get creative in how to meet them
  • Ask me questions if you need clarifications, clarity or more information
  • A cup of coffee always helps kickstart my productivity