Jeff O'Field

Jeff O'Field

Training Specialist

National Center for Families Learning

Louisville, KY USA

Be open to unexpected opportunities.


By Roadtrip Nation

Jeff O'Field


My road in life has been direct.
I earned my bachelor’s degree in Spanish language and literature but wasn’t really sure what to do with my degree.
I got a job working in a restaurant to pay the bills while I tried to figure out my path.
I shared about my background in language and my interest in working with people at a coworker’s Halloween party and was connected with the opportunity to teach adult learners.
I got started in the education field working with adult immigrant and refugee students learning English and participating in a family education program.
Through that work, I learned a lot about family engagement and how the National Center for Families Learning supports organizations in those efforts.
I now work as a training specialist for the National Center for Families Learning.


Training Specialist

I provide technical assistance for family literacy programs and partners.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

My days vary. I may be traveling to different school districts or meeting with community partners in other states. My day could be spent preparing for one of those trips. I may be in the office collaborating with colleagues to make sure our trainings are ready to go. I could also be working remotely from home.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Get involved where you can. This isn't new work but it's a really exciting time and there are a lot of different opportunities to get involved. Think about where you can get connected locally or nationally. Any connection point is a good place to start. Find organizations near you that have resources to help you get involved.