Catharine Eason is an accomplished Early Childhood Education expert and our newest program supervisor at St. Vincent de Paul Center!
Where are you from originally?
I am from the south side of Chicago in the Hyde Park-Kenwood neighborhood.
How did you get into early childhood education?
I never wanted to be a teacher or work in the profession of Early Childhood Education. I was actually studying to become a pediatric emergency room registered nurse. I was enrolled in a Human Development/Child Development course that required me to observe children in the school’s lab. Long story short, my instructor suggested that I consider becoming a teacher. She referred me to my first job as a teacher's aide with The Salvation Army Head Start program. My instructor thought I was a natural when it came to working with children.
Since then, I have worked as a teacher’s aide, assistant teacher, head/lead teacher, parenting specialist, kindergarten teacher, assistant director, Head Start site director, adjunct instructor at Malcolm X College and Family Partnership Manager/Home Visitor Manager for a Head Start program.
Can you describe the work you’re doing at MSV?
As a Birth-to-Three Supervisor I oversee the daily operations of the classrooms. I make sure the classrooms maintain adult/child ratio, that classrooms are in-compliance with D.C.F.S. rules and regulations, and that teachers are following the curriculum and working to build relationships with children and families. This is important because it is the foundation for a child's future learning and success.
Why is this work important?
All children need a s/hero: an adult who advocates for and protects them, and someone who will never give up on them. They need adults who understand the importance of connection and help them reach their full potential.
Why is Marillac St. Vincent’s mission important to you?
It is important to me because parents need to be empowered to believe the importance of being their child's first teacher. Some parents do not realize the great impact they have on their child and their child's future. I believe in the importance of families being empowered to be the best they can be for themselves and their children.
What do you like to do for fun?
I enjoy working out! I just wish I had more time in my day. I could easily spend 2-3 hours a day at the gym!