She Got a Head Start…

Story-3-Head-Start-200x200pxWanda Stevenson was just 15 in 1970 when she did an internship with Head Start, working with preschoolers, as part of her high school graduation requirement.

More than four decades later, she’s still working with the organization, now as a teacher with The Salvation Army’s New Hope Head Start program. For her career of service, Stevenson was recently honored as the Illinois Head Start Association’s Teacher of the Year.

Stevenson, who put her own children through Head Start, has been teaching in The Salvation Army’s childcare programs for 33 years. She says it’s been a “wonderful opportunity to serve children and their families from diverse cultures.” She works primarily with African-Americans and Hispanics, and says she has “gained much from years of experience working in a bilingual and diverse cultural environment.” 

After teaching in Chicago Public Schools and at a day care center for several years in the 1970s, Stevenson has been with The Salvation Army ever since. And she’s still loving every minute of it.

“Every day, I have many great opportunities to serve children and families,” she says. “Watching each child grow and each family invest in their child’s learning process is both delightful and gratifying.”

Compassionate, competent, and committed teachers like Wanda Stevenson are only possible because of the generous support of people like you. Thank you!


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