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As a woman and a single mother who has confronted homelessness and poverty I am committed to reforming public education troubled and homeless teens unwed mothers and children of the system I have a particular interest in improving the accessibility of schooling to homeless individuals single mothers and disadvantaged women of color As a result of my own experiences I am familiar with the despair and frustration endemic to individuals struggling to survive I am convinced that increasing individuals access to education can make the difference between despondency and hope I am applying for my doctorate in educational leadership so that I can pursue my life-mission to make education accessible to all I began preparing for this mission by volunteering as an intake coordinator at the Christian Assistance Ministry CAM Although I had many responsibilities the role that consumed most of my time and energy was interviewing clients and assessing their physical and emotional needs One of my greatest contributions was streamlining and updating the paperwork associated with CAMs intake process I also generated an updated resource list that included many service agencies in the Houston area By personally contacting each agency to acquire contact information and to learn about its services I facilitated greater communication between service organizations and ensured that my clients had access to necessary aid Although I have not yet been employed in the educational sector my masters work as well as my life experiences has given me a nuanced and sophisticated knowledge of the educational field I have acted as a mentor at Davis Middle School for many years and have tutored a number of home-schooled children When my own children attended school I was involved in their schools organizations and often took on a leadership role on educational committees I served on many boards and was active in assisting both instructors and administrators Fifteen years of experience has familiarized me with the diverse needs of Houstons students
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