As a Childcare Facility Director since 2016 and Faith-Based Provider Representative since 2020, I feel I have exhibited the following professional skills in the Tampa Community: positive and constructive communication, time management, budget development, decision making while under pressure and community building. I also feel that the insight brought by being a director in the field has been invaluable to the decision making when it comes to the needs and goals of providers in Hillsborough County.
Since joining the board of directors in 2020, I continue to have a passion for working with young children and their families! I graduated from the University of Florida (Go Gators!) with a Bachelors of Arts Degree and graduated from the University of South Florida (Go Bulls!) with a Masters of Arts in Teaching Degree. I worked for seven years in Hillsborough County Public Schools teaching Pre-K and First Grade students at Cork Elementary in Plant City as well as the charter school Trinity School for Children in Seminole Heights. My family and I are members at Palma Ceia Methodist Church and I accepted my current position as the church’s Day School Director in June of 2016. The church and school are located in South Tampa and I live in Ballast Point with my spouse and two daughters.
As the current Faith-Based Provider, I not only experienced the changes that came with COVID-19 as a director but I was a voice for providers when it came to ways to support the changing needs of children and early childhood educators of Hillsborough County. As chair of the Service Delivery and Efficiency, we have continued to build the relationship between ELCHC and providers. I am proud of the work of Dr. Hicks and the ELCHC Team when it comes to their devotion, listening and support of early learning providers in both the family home and childcare facility setting. I would welcome the opportunity to continue with the ELCHC Board of Directors as the Faith-Based Representative. My focus would continue to advocate for the needs of children and providers in Hillsborough County and Florida. By meeting and exceeding the needs of our youngest learners, we can create lasting skills that will stay with our students through their lifetime living in our great state of Florida. Thank you!