In honor of National Education Week (November 13th – 17th), we are excited to take this opportunity to feature the educators from our Head Start and Educational Services programs.

Andrea McEwen is being featured for her “teamwork, innovation and excellence” in improving the education of children and youth throughout Chicagoland.

Learn more about Andrea in this short interview:

How long have you been working with Ada S. McKinley?
“1 year and 4 months.”

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
“Being able to advocate for chidren and families while ensuring my team has everything they need to perform at their highest potential.”

What makes you proud to work with Ada S. McKinley?
“Advocating for early learning while being part of a team whose vision reflects my own.”

What is something that you’ve learned while working as an educator?
“Every family who enters the door is important and are part of the whole child we must nurture.”

What is one piece of advice would you give to a person who is new to the education field?
“Before entering the field, ensure that this is your passion, you like kids, and you enjoy seeing them thrive, learn, and grow. They are our future and we must nurture their little minds to be strong, positive leaders of tomorrow.”

What is one fun fact about yourself?
“I’m a country girl who knows how to gut a fish and skin a chicken.”