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.

Barbara Ellzey is being featured for her “innovation” in improving the education of children and youth throughout Chicagoland.

Learn more about Barbara in this short interview:

How long have you been working with Ada S. McKinley?’
“15 years.”

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
“Helping students receive much deserve scholarships for their hard work and dedication. Often, I search for resources, opportunities and scholarships that would benefit the underrepresented students in Chicago Public Schools. Thirty-three students from Phillips High School received $1.6 million in scholarship money!”

What makes you proud to work with Ada S. McKinley?
“What makes me proud is that I am part of a legacy that is changing lives.”

What is something that you’ve learned while working as an educator?
“To have patience, understanding and compassion. All students learn differently and at different paces.”

What is one piece of advice would you give to a person who is new to the education field?
“There are days when you find yourself giving more than advice on educational pursuits. Be humble and compassionate.”

What is one fun fact about yourself?
“I want to learn how to fly a small plane.”