Alliance Member Stories

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Alliance members all have a story to tell. Many have faced adversity and challenges during their T.E.A.C.H. journey, but have persevered. Each person’s story can be an inspiration to other members that are facing similar challenges. We want to hear your story. Telling your story is one way that you can pay it forward. You may submit stories to Teresa Graves at
Please read the very inspirational stories below.

Kim O’s Story
Kim O. is the director of a preschool in Florida. In addition to being an Alliance member and a T.E.A.C.H. sponsor, she is also a T.E.A.C.H. recipient. We would like to congratulate her on her degree!

Here is her story:
“I finally graduated with my A.A.S in Early Childhood. It was a bumpy road and took me way longer than expected, but I did it! T.EA.C.H. was amazing through the whole process; they worked with me through every bump, and I could not be more grateful. During the time I attended college I worked full time, was raising my family, and my daughter became ill and had to have brain surgery. Before my daughter's surgery, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was not only my mom, but my best friend, and she was my partner in our preschool business. After 2 years of fighting cancer she passed away. This degree was bittersweet to finish. I struggled with the last class and didn't know if I would pass, but I graduated with honors and was elated, to say the least. I felt like I needed to finish my degree for my daughters; I wanted them to know that they can do all things even through adversity when they keep God first. My husband has been amazing and always kept me lifted up when I didn't think I could finish. I have amazing teachers that work at my school that are very supportive loving to all of our children.”

Laurie W’s Story
Laurie W. is a center director in South Carolina. She is an Alliance member and T.E.A.C.H. recipient. She graduated in 2012 with an Associate’s Degree in Early Care and Education. She was the commencement student speaker of her graduation class, as well as Graduate of the Year in Early Care and Education. Congratulations, Laurie, on all of your accomplishments!

Here is her story:
“Without the help of T.E.A.C.H. I would not have been able to achieve my career goals. In 2000 after completing my Certification in Child Care, I wanted to further my education but the financial and travel costs made it impossible. Not only did T.E.A.C.H. provide me with financial assistance, but my counselor was one of my biggest cheerleaders through the completion of my degree. Achieving my educational goals has not only led me to personal fulfillment of my goals, it also has led to advancement in my career. I am now the Director of the Preschool where I started working when I was 17 years old. I could not have achieved this without the support of my family, friends, employer, co-workers, my counselor and the T.E.A.C.H. Program.”