Ethan and his Vocational Counselor Nancy McNamara began working together in late 2015. Ethan showed a great interest in working in the food service industry, but he did not have a work history and lives in a rural area with limited employers. Ethan has difficulty answering questions and articulating his abilities in an interview, so Nancy advocated for working interviews. The Owner at Don Pancho's Cantina in Franklin determined Ethan would be an asset to them and decided to give him a chance.
Ethan does well in his job because he is friendly and hardworking. Management always makes note of how much the customers love Ethan. They also can always depend on Ethan coming to work on time with a great attitude. His current tasks are to buss tables, clean the parking lot, and host. Hosting includes greeting and seating people and giving them menus, bringing them chips, salsa and silverware.
Nancy maintains monthly communication with the Managers and Owner of Don Pancho's, as well as with Ethan and his mom, to ensure everything is going well at work. Nancy, his Managers and his family have seen that Ethan has become a much more sociable and responsible person since he began work. He is currently working to save money to go on train trips which he enjoys.
In his free time, Ethan goes on train trips and participates regularly in the Special Olympics in bowling and swimming. His employer sponsors him every year in the Special Olympics Polar Plunge! He also enjoys going to the Tides baseball games.