Take Amanda Cosman’s experience in early childhood education, add a few pinches of college courses, stir, and you’ve got the perfect person to support six Champions field leaders. Cosman, administrative assistant and skilled cook and baker, started her career working at the Champions Early Learning Center in Gages Lake, Ill.
“I wasn’t totally sure what I wanted to do, but I knew I loved working with kids,” said Cosman. “It has always been natural for me to connect with them, so it felt natural for me to go into childcare.”
While working as an infant teacher at the Champions center, Cosman was promoted to program coordinator. She completed her associate’s degree in professional education and was promoted again to administrative assistant. In December 2015, Cosman completed her bachelor’s degree in business and administration.
Now, Cosman supports six Champions leaders: Tom Fitzgerald, Senior Vice President of Champions Business Development; Semira Sarancic, Vice President of Operations for Champions; Tanjia M. Coleman, Senior Director of Human Resources; and Regional Managers Karen Henson, Lora Mullings, and Dee Phillips.
“My email signature has gotten really long!” said Cosman.
Every day is different for Cosman, which keeps her on her toes. But even with potential fires to put out in six different states, Cosman keeps a level head.
“Amanda is the consummate professional, and a pleasure to work with,” said Phillips. “Nothing seems to rattle her. She is a great person who is very proud of her work—she’s the kind of person you want as your friend and your coworker; she’s great!”
Cosman’s array of experience with Champions helped her learn several new skills, like event planning, communication, and public speaking. Still young and starting her career, Cosman found confidence in her role as administrative assistant.
“Being young can sometimes be a challenge, but overtime I’ve become more confident about what I’m talking about,” she said. “I’m at the point where I know people are going to respect me no matter my age.”
Though her work seemingly never ends (the people she supports span multiple time zones), when she has free time, Cosman likes to cook and bake for her sister and niece, who, conveniently, are also her roommates.
“I love cooking and baking for other people, especially comfort foods,” said Cosman.
Her sister is a teacher at the Champions center in Gages Lake, where she used to work, and her niece is in the infant room there.
“I’m very friend- and family-oriented,” said Cosman.