What do the career path and the day-in-the-life look like for an Outreach Partner at Panorama Education?
We connected with Liz Sculley to find out!
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Where did you grow up? What did your parents do for work?
I grew up in Dorchester, a neighborhood in Boston, MA. My mom is a nurse who just retired from the Boston Public Schools, and my dad works for the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority.
Where did you go to college? What did you study and what were some of your initial jobs out of school?
I went to Bennington College in Vermont, a tiny liberal arts college where I concentrated in music performance and composition. After school, I spent over 10 years in the arts as a freelance musician and in production. I had begun working in the Boston Public Schools at 18 as a paraprofessional, and while freelancing, started teaching part time in BPS until becoming a full time music teacher in an early elementary school!
What has attributed to your success thus far and has helped propel you to the position you have now?
Career changes can be so challenging, and I feel so fortunate that Panorama not only sees the value in hiring former educators, but also supported me throughout the transition to make sure that I had the skill set and the confidence to not only excel in my current role but also to grow professionally. I will be transitioning from OP into my new role as Outreach Specialist in the next couple of weeks, and feel so prepared to start this new chapter in my career!
Can you share the high-level responsibilities of your current position as a Outreach Partner at Panorama Education?
As an Outreach Partner, I research and reach out to potential district partners in my Southeast Territory to learn about their needs, tell them about Panorama, and see if we may align with their goals and needs in the district. We have daily and weekly goals around calls, emails, booking meetings, and opening opportunities.
Any tips for a former educator hoping to start a career in sales?
A lot of the tools you use every day in the classroom like classroom management, creating successful systems, and caring about supporting kids align with what we do every day here as OPs at Panorama!
Day in the Life
Coffee, tea, or nothing?
Coffee! All day, every day, I recently found an amazing coffee roaster at a local farmers market, and have been loving getting to sample his experiments!
What time do you get into the office?
I am lucky enough to be working remote from my home in Vermont, and I usually log on around 8:30 to start my day.
What are three things that motivate you in your role?
- I love seeing district leaders’ realize how much Panorama can help them support the students and educators in their districts!
- Panorama’s mission to radically improve education for every student really helps ground my work and our values, especially our focus on student impact, aligns with what I see as most important.
- My manager and the OP team are always there cheering me on.
Every day is different, but can you outline what a typical day looks like for you?
I’m usually up early in the morning to take a walk or check on my garden! I log in around 8:30 or 9, and spend the first hour of the day setting my goals and getting myself organized for the day ahead. I try to get started making calls and sending emails around 10, and will often have either an internal huddle or an external meeting in the early afternoon. I eat lunch around 12pm and 1pm, and use the afternoon to balance outreach with district research, leading discovery calls, and working on my own professional development.
What time do you head out of the office?
I log off anytime between 5-6:30 depending on the day.
Do you log back in at night or do you shut it down completely?
It really depends! I really appreciate that everyone on our team really respects our working hours, but there are days when I want to get a head start or catch up from a busy day in the evening.
Any productivity hacks?
I’ve started using Trello for both professional and personal organization, it helps me visualize both what needs to get done and celebrate what I’ve already completed.
What are the 3 apps that you can’t live without?
My calendar app is definitely the thing that keeps me organized in both my professional and personal life! I love using Spotify to listen to music or a podcast during the day, and I am recently obsessed with the Picture This app to identify each and every wildflower that I see!
What professional accomplishment are you proudest of?
I had the amazing opportunity to be a consultant for the Boston Pop’s inaugural Sensory Friendly Concert - I am still so proud of helping to create an inclusive performance and space!