Makaela Clemons – 2024 Parent Ambassador

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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 Class of 2024 Parent Ambassadors. Get to know them!

Makaela Clemons

Mom of 5

Air Force Veteran

Plays the violin, viola, and piano

Favorite Quote:

“The moment you fail is the moment YOU CHOOSE to give up.”

Tell us about yourself!

My name is Makaela Clemons. I am 41 years old and have 5 children. I served in the Air Force for 13.5 years. I have a license in cosmetology. I play the violin, viola, and piano. I currently work with adults with disabilities and absolutely love it. My favorite way to pass the time is by reading cookbooks and self-care books. My hobbies include reading, meditation, and creating quotes and affirmations.

What made you want to become a Parent Ambassador?

It was sent in an email announcement from CRCC, where my children attend. I wanted to join because I love what the Parent Ambassadors do and what they stand for. It is a moment for parents who are passionate about advocating for change and for our children to have a platform to do so.

What do you see as the greatest need for your community?

Education!! Education in all aspects: academics, self-care, finances (deeper in detail), and social conflict. I feel our community is lacking knowledge on so many things that it can become difficult to raise our children and youth to be better individuals and navigate life.

What do you hope to accomplish during your Ambassadorship? 

I hope to make a difference. We can’t change the world, but we can be a part of the building blocks that create change in our community.

Who or what inspires you?

Out of my 5 children, whom I love all dearly, my oldest son (9), Kaismir, is the one who inspires me the most. From the struggle of his birth to the first year of his life, and then at 3 years old, he was diagnosed with autism. It has been a journey. I am trying to learn what autism is, how I can help him, and how I am able to understand what he needs and will need. How can I teach myself instant patience? These past 9 years, Kaismir has inspired me to be GREAT! He inspires me to go beyond who I have known myself to be and be a better version of myself, the mother and individual he NEEDS me to be, for him, for his siblings, and for myself.