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.

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

Learn more about Regina in this interview:

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

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
“The most rewarding part of my job is assisting students and their families with the resources they need. Within the last two weeks, we passed out over 400 facts and snack bags to students and staff. We distributed 350 hygiene kits to students. We implemented workshops in areas of need. We try our best to service the students holistically. Seeing huge smiles on the kids’ faces after receiving all these services makes my heart smile.”

What makes you proud to work with Ada S. McKinley?
“I love the fact that we can be innovative. I enjoy being able to help people with their inquiries and interests. Learning new things and expanding my knowledge every day is always a pleasure. It allows me to express my creativity and imagination in various ways. Seeing students happy and satisfied after receiving our service is rewarding. Lastly, the growth and learning opportunities Ada S. McKinley Community Services afforded me are priceless.”

What is something that you’ve learned while working as an educator?
“I learned that you have to give respect to get respect. Children have just as many problems as adults; however, they don’t possess the maturity and knowledge to solve them. Never diminish the skills or talents that you have. Always remember that your knowledge is valuable, so never stop learning.”

What is one piece of advice would you give to a person who is new to the education field?
“You must have a massive dose of passion, patience, and professionalism.”

What is one fun fact about yourself?
“I always know how to put a smile on someone’s face.”