Kimberly Brewer

pregnant mom with counselor

"I feel success with my accomplishments and am overjoyed when I see those children that were my first/second year students go on to graduate high school, and move on to college." – Kimberly Brewer, former Head Start parent and current Head Start administrator, Shelbyville, TN

I learned about the Head Start program in 1994 when I signed up my 4-year-old daughter. I was a dedicated classroom volunteer and was there to help every day. Later that year, I applied to be a substitute teacher aide/bus monitor and got the job. The following year I became a family partner (service worker). I held that position for 11 years. In 2005, Bedford County added a new site with two new classrooms. I was very instrumental in getting that Center up and running. When the Center was ready to enroll children, I became its site manager/family partner. I have been here for four years now. So, how has Head Start impacted my life? It has helped me provide for my family, further my education, and let me grow into a supervisory position. I do not feel that I have a job, but rather, I have a career working with young children and families. I feel success with my accomplishments and am overjoyed when I see those children that were my first/second year students go on to graduate high school and move on to college. I am happy to help families better their lives by involving them in their child's education, assisting them with furthering their own education, and helping them become advocates for their children and communities. The best feeling of satisfaction is seeing a parent who did not complete high school go on to become a nurse, dental assistant, teacher, engineer, etc. I love working for Head Start and my families!