Career moves: my guest post on Bark Magazine's blog

September 12, 2014 • Posted in blindness, Blogroll, guest blog, Seeing Eye dogs, Uncategorized, visiting schools, Whitney by

Jim Kessler left Wall Street for The Seeing Eye.

A couple years ago I published a post here about an instructor at the Seeing Eye who was in Manhattan on September 11, 2001. When I told the editor at Bark magazine about Jim Kessler, she asked me to write a guest post on the Daily Bark blog about him.

The post is called Career Moves and describes how the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001 convinced Jim to leave Wall Street and apprentice at the Seeing Eye in Morristown, NJ instead. My Daily Bark post quotes an article in The North Jersey Record that reports salaries start in the $40,000 range for those in the Seeing Eye’s three-year apprentice training program, and that the salary for full instructors ranges from $50,000 to $85,000. From my Daily Bark guest post:

Odds are that Jim Kessler took a significant paycut to work for the Seeing Eye, but he doesn’t talk about that. He talks instead about his respect for the instructors he works with, his pride in the remarkable work the dogs do, and how much he loves his family.

I learned all this during a drive with Jim when I was at the Seeing Eye training with Whitney. The last few days of training at the Seeing Eye are called “freelancing”: instructors expose us to some of the unique situations we’ll be facing once we’re home. When I learned that Jim and his wife Carrie have three daughters in school (in addition to a two-year-old son at home), I asked if I could spend my freelancing time visiting the elementary school his daughters go to. From the post:

Jim stayed at the school with us during the visit, and you didn’t have to be able to see to know he was beaming when we arrived. He was unabashedly delighted to be at school with his daughters, and they were proud to have their dad – and a Seeing Eye graduate with her working dog – at school with them that day, too.

After what happened on September 11, 2001, Jim Kessler is the first to tell you that he considers himself a very lucky guy. I’m a lucky woman, too: a man with integrity like his had a part in training Whitney. And me.

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Whitney, upon graduation from The Seeing Eye.

patricia On September 12, 2014 at 6:19 pm

I remember th e first post about Jim-loved this one too. But this time the handsome picure of Whitney caught my eye!

bethfinke On September 13, 2014 at 7:10 am

Mike slammed at his job right now, so this friend of yours who can’t see (that would be moi) had to find (and imbed, if that is the correct verb to use here) the photos for this particular blog post on her own. Glad you approve!

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Judy Spock On September 15, 2014 at 7:44 pm

Whitney is as proud and dignified as possible. What a noble beast! xoj

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bethfinke On September 15, 2014 at 9:49 pm

Everyone loves that photo of her!

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