People, families, and communities are at the heart of who we are, and seeing them emotionally healthy is our mission.
Education is such a gift of transformation for families, it is a beacon of hope that generations long for; to give their children an opportunity to have a better life and create a healthier world. As parents and educators, we know the journey for every child is unique with its own bends and twist, but it is also characterized by individuals – rare people that make monumental impact in the lives they touch. These people are teachers, mentors, coaches, counselors, youth leaders, pastors, volunteers, and everyday people who make a choice to make a difference.
Our story starts here because we know that people thrive within connection and and the right kind of emotional support. Neighborhoods and communities are transformed when individuals develop into teams, and teams grow into family, and family becomes the village that provides, protects, and educates the next generation. There are too many gaps in our culture today, and we look to occupy them with strategic efforts that meet real needs and build up the health and well-being of a family unit.
The bottom line – we want to see healthy children thriving in education, but we believe it begins with building healthy families first.
Outreach Director, CalvaryPHX
After beginning her career in education, Andrea aspired to be a leader of change in her community. Filling positions as a Child Development Manager for Southwest Human Development, an Assistant Director for Arms of Love Foster Care, and now an Outreach Director for CalvaryPHX, Andrea is passionate about children and their families, and seeing them nurtured to their fullest potential. She is a mother of 3 herself, and an Arizona native with degrees from both ASU and GCU, who married her high school sweetheart of now 16 years. Together as a family they hope to pour back into the community to encourage change and growth within families and schools.
CityKids Director, CityView Church
Jeannine is an educator with a degree in Early Childhood Education and has worked in the public school system for 4 1/2 years. Previously, she worked with Aid to the Adoption of Special Kids as a behavioral health respite care provider as well as with Arms of Love Foster Care. She is currently the Director of CityKids for CityView Church in Phoenix. She is married to a really tall, sandwich loving guy and has two little boys who are full of non-stop energy. Jeannine has worked to serve the vulnerable and raises awareness for those in need by using her platform to help our community. She has a heart to see every child grow up within a safe community that sees them as valuable and cherished just the way they are.
Early Childhood Educator and Advocate
Dawn has worked in early childhood education for 18 years, as a preschool teacher and administrator. She has three children ages 19, 16 and 4. Watching children learn and grow is her passion! As a working mom, she knows the challenges of work/life balance and appreciates how difficult it can be to fulfill multiple roles on a day to day basis. As an educator, Dawn has a strong desire to not only empower children with the confidence they need to succeed, but to also encourage parents as they navigate the crucial early years of development.