Head Start Staff Tell Us Why They Love Their Jobs

Heindselman For Website.jpg"I enjoy having the opportunity to enrich the lives of children." - Erica Heindselman, Less than 1 year of Service

Being able to offer high-quality early education to children who might not otherwise receive it is one of the primary reasons Erica Heindselman is a lead teacher with Head Start. She knows the first 2,000 days of a child's life are when brains are built, and she feels privileged that she is helping to set the foundation for years to come.


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“When [children] have their light bulb moment, that’s when the fun starts!” - James Gates, 4 Years of Service

James Gates is Head Start's only male teacher. A retired educator from Hoke County, where he worked for approximately 25 years, he chose to devote his post-retirement to Head Start because overall childhood education is extremely important to him. 

  • Did you know... During the 2016-17 school year, more more than 1,100 children were enrolled in the entire Head Start program? In fact, 955 students were enrolled in Head Start with an additional 161 children enrolled in Early Head Start.


Williams for Website.jpg"I started off as a Teacher Assistant and then a Bus Driver. Now, I’m a Family Advocate! I didn’t see myself like that. I was encouraged to apply, and now, I get to help families and their children." ("Empecé como asistente de maestro, luego como conductor de autobús. Ahora, soy un Trabajador de Familia! No me veía así. Me animaron a solicitar y ahora puedo ayudar a las familias ya sus hijos.") - Angela Williams, 8+ Years of Service

Angela Williams didn't realize that when she began her career with Head Start that she would eventually land in the Corporate Office. Although she is no longer working in the classroom, she knows her work still directly touches the lives of approximately 1,100 Head Start children on a daily basis.

  • Did you know... 148,485 miles were logged on buses and 324,808 meals were served to students during this past school year?

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"I feel like I'm really making a difference [in the lives of these children]." - Franchesca Ramirezgort, 1 Year of Service

Everyday Franchesca Ramirezgort is in the classroom, she immediately sees the benefit Head Start has on children. A former preschool teacher in the public school system, she loves that the program offers transportation for the children to and from school.

  • Did you know... You can change the lives of children in Cumberland County by donating your time and/or money to Action Pathways and Head Start? For more information, contact:

        Jessica R. Aspiras, Agency Advancement Director at: (910) 485-6131 ext. 1606.