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.

Ciarra Austin is being featured for her “teamwork and excellence” in improving the education of children and youth throughout Chicagoland.

Learn more about Ciarra in this short interview:

How long have you been working with Ada S. McKinley?
“One year.”

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
“Empowering the parents.”

What makes you proud to work with Ada S. McKinley?
“The impact we leave on the communities we serve.”

What is something that you’ve learned while working as an educator?
“The lack of knowledge that not is properly provided to communities”

What is one piece of advice would you give to a person who is new to the education field?
“Do it for the love.”

What is one fun fact about yourself?
“I was a teen mom who wish this program was accessible to me 16 years ago.”