Executive Director, Westmoreland Children's Center
5148 Massachusetts Ave.
What woman inspires you and why?
My mother. She has always been my biggest advocate, confidant and fan. She instilled in me a strong work ethic and a moral compass. My mother is supportive, kind and hardworking and the lessons she has taught me are directly responsible for any success I’ve had in my life. She’s the reason I am the woman I am today, and for that, I will always be grateful.
What do you look forward to when you got to work every day?
I am encouraged and uplifted by the small joys that working with children bring. You cherish the funny things they say, and the silly things they do. The hugs, the smiles and laughter. They keep you going and remind you of the intangible rewards that accompany working with children, as we help to create a supportive and caring environment in which our students can develop valuable social, physical and cognitive skills through interactive, hands-on experiences. To me, life doesn’t get better than that.
How do you measure success?
To me, success is making an impact on others. It’s knowing I have made a positive impact on a child, that I have contributed in some small way, toward their success. As Albert Schweitzer once said, “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” I love what I do, and I’m not sure how many people can truly say that about their job.