Monique first encountered Head Start in 2001, when her youngest daughter began attending Head Start as a preschool student. In 2002, Monique was recruited by her daughter’s Head Start teacher to apply for a position with our organization. Shortly after this time, Monique began working with Head Start as a Teacher’s Assistant. After spending time working for the Early Learning Coalition of Volusia/Flagler and the Department of Children and Families, Monique recently returned to Head Start as our Monitoring Specialist working in our administrative offices' monitoring files of applicants seeking to enroll in the program. Monique also visits all of our Mid Florida Head Start locations to conduct classroom and playground monitoring.
As the second oldest of five, Monique is the only child in her family that graduated high school. As a teen mom, she placed her education on hold to raise children of her own. Motivated to teach her daughter’s that it’s never too late to go back to school, Monique decided to pursue a college degree. Her daughters, Kiara and Kimyra, watched as their mom pushed herself to take all of her general education courses and use her own self-perseverance to conquer college!
Although challenging, Monique faced the task head-on to begin balancing working full-time and attending college classes online and on campus. In addition to attending classes and working, Monique managed to find time at the end of her very long days to work on her homework for class. When asked about what advice she had for others pursuing a degree, Monique advised that she believes “it’s never too late to go back to school”. As a woman in her mid-forties, she recently received her Bachelor’s degree in Supervision in Management with high honors.
“College is all about setting yourself up for success. In my opinion, it is well worth it in the end.”
We would like to congratulate Monique on her fantastic accomplishments, and her hard work as one of our team members. When asked about the Head Start programs, she exclaims: “I love being an employee because this agency truly has the best intentions for the well-being of children and their families. The working environment is filled with fun and laughter. Our goal is to work as a team is to make Head Start/Early Head Start a success for all involved”.
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