I have been an active member of Evangelical United Church of Christ in Godfrey for 42 years. I have had leadership positions, and have participated in volunteer work which includes chairing our “Adopt a Spot” Landscaping program, being a member of our Hearts in Service ministry, and being coordinator of our Scrip program, which generates money for capital improvement. I also enjoy singing in the chancel choir and playing in the handbell choir.
I attended Southern University of Illinois at Edwardsville where I was conferred a Master’s of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology and a Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech and Hearing Association. I also obtained certification in Educational Administration from SIUE.
I spent 14 years in the public schools as a speech therapist for 3-12 year olds in regular and special education classes. I most recently retired from my position as Director of Evangelical School For The Young Years, and Principal of Evangelical Elementary and Middle School after 12 years.
As one of the largest non-Catholic schools in our area, our enrollment for elementary and middle school has averaged around 300 students with approximately 90-100 in our preschool, with only 10% of the enrollment coming from our own church membership. We employ 34 teachers, 2 office staff and 2 custodians. As a ministry of Evangelical United Church of Christ, I was privileged to be a part of this ministry to the children and families of our community.
Now in my second year of retirement, I continue with the church volunteer work, and have joined the Alton Community Service League, and P.E.O. Oh yes, and I still substitute teach in preschool on occasion.
I have visited Kindercottage a few times now, and have met the hard working teachers, where Brenda and her staff make everyone feel welcome. Playing with the babies, and reading to the 3-5 year olds has certainly been a joy! The Center definitely has a family atmosphere, one that needs to be continually cultivated. I am interested in helping the Center move forward to meet the needs of children and their families in East St. Louis.