Thank you to Head Start alumna Tashia Lemon-Guillory for this guest post.
After I graduated college with a degree in early education, I wasn’t sure what I wanted my focus area to be. At that time, I thought I might pursue an advanced degree in social work but I was unsure. It was a visit to my Head Start program that brought the clarity I needed. During an outing with a friend, I paid a visit to my former Head Start center in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, and encountered my former teacher. I was struck by how after so many years, she was still inspiring children and families. It was then I realized I wanted to have that kind of impact on children and families, and Head Start was the exact place to do that.
I am currently the director of the Lawtell Head Start Center in Lawtell, Louisiana, and I have been here for 18 years. I cherish the opportunity to give back what I received to the same parish where I attended. On a regular basis, as an educator, I get to clearly see the academic and social differences between students who attended Head Start and those who have not.
I have the triple honor of being a Head Start alumna, working in Head Start, and having a child who also attended Head Start. My son Collin recently graduated high school and is attending Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina. He is studying biology and considering a possible career in physical therapy. Like so many others, our family is living proof of the impact Head Start has on children, families, and their trajectories. I attended Head Start, came to work with Head Start, and I remain with Head Start because Head Start changes lives.
— Tashia Lemon-Guillory
Early Head Start enjoyed PJ Day, while Lawtell Center Director, Tashia Lemon Guillory had the "Polka Dot Blues" for HS Awareness week. The Early Headstart children enjoyed gift cards from local friends of Head Start. #communitypartnerships #forloveofchildren#attendence #matters pic.twitter.com/uGoLfTCUGh— St. Landry Schools (@StLandrySchools) October 25, 2019