Our Parent Ambassadors program gives parents and child care providers of early learners the tools they need to advocate for meaningful, lasting change in early childhood education policy. In this series, we’re highlighting our inaugural cohort of 2022 Parent Ambassadors. Get to know them!
Mother of Seven
Enjoys pedicures, spending time with family, performing arts
“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”
Tell us about yourself!
I have an amazing husband Jason. We have been foster parents for 5 and a 1/2 years. We have 7 kids – a mix of bio, adopted, and foster. We love to spend time together and I have 21 years of human services background.
What made you want to become a Parent Ambassador?
I was sent the information from our EDN coordinator. I wanted to join because I am passionate about early intervention services and how important they are and also feel I have a lot of experiences to share.
What do you see as the greatest need for your community?
Heping ease the stigma of special ed services and families not wanting to work with others in fear of their child being labeled as different. Yet catching issues in this 0-3 age group is huge. Also, kids in foster care.
What do you hope to accomplish during your Ambassadorship?
Helping share my knowledge with the group and also share it with my local EDN and community.
Who or what inspires you?
My mom. Now that I am a mom I see how hard she worked and how much she sacrificed for her family. She continues to be a strong support for me, my husband, and kids today.
Anything else you’d like to share?
I have my master’s degree in Leadership Management from Doane University and my children are 20, 15, 13, 11, 4, 3, and 1. I am excited to be a part of this team.