Angela Simon, MA
Early Childhood Educational Specialist
"Achieving a Tranquil Mind Together"
I bring a wealth of expertise to my role as the Program Director for Early Head Start and Development:
Program Director for Early Head Start and Development: In this leadership position, I oversee and guide the program, ensuring its success and the optimal development of young minds.
Early Childhood Development/Education Specialist: My specialization in early childhood development and education underscores my commitment to fostering the growth and learning of young children.
QPR Certified Suicide Prevention Specialist: Holding certification as a QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Certified Suicide Prevention Specialist reflects my dedication to promoting mental health awareness and preventing suicide.
Certified Disability Trainer for Educators: As a certified trainer, I equip educators with the skills and knowledge needed to support children with disabilities, fostering an inclusive and supportive learning environment.
Over 22 Years of Early Childhood Education Experience: With more than two decades dedicated to early childhood education, my journey reflects a wealth of hands-on experience, expertise, and a passion for nurturing young minds.
My Mantra: "Recognizing the importance of a healthy mind is fundamental to attaining inner peace. By prioritizing our mental health, we cultivate a clear and focused mindset that positively impacts both our work and daily life. Embracing self-care and prioritizing mental wellness becomes the foundation for a more fulfilling and productive life."
I bring a wealth of experience and qualifications in the field of child and family studies. My journey began with a Bachelor's Degree in Child and Family Studies from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2001. Later, I pursued a Master's Degree in Administration and Organizational Development from the University of Incarnate Word.
Currently, I hold the position of Director at a Head Start and Early Childhood Development Program. With over 22 years of experience, I've worn various hats, including roles as a preschool teacher, Center Director, and Curriculum and Instruction Education Specialist. My extensive background includes working with children with intellectual disabilities and actively participating in IEP/IFSP referrals.
Driven by a passion for making a positive impact, I am currently pursuing a Mental Health Counseling degree. This reflects my commitment to helping individuals who have experienced traumatic events. I'm excited about the prospect of working with the mental health population and contributing to their well-being.
My journey is marked by a dedication to education, child development, and mental health advocacy. I look forward to continuing to make meaningful contributions in these areas.
My Foundations and philosophy are the backbone of my passion for early childhood education. As a program director with 22 years of experience, I believe that every child deserves a nurturing and stimulating environment that fosters their physical, emotional, social, and cognitive development. My principles of child-centered learning, are based on encouraging children to explore, experiment, and discover at their own pace. I believe in creating a safe and inclusive space where children can develop a love for learning and build a strong foundation for their future academic and personal success.
Hello! I'm thrilled to share some fun facts about myself. One of my favorite pastimes is creating flavored popcorn and indulging in home crafting projects. Family holds a significant place in my life, and we love embarking on travel adventures together, exploring different places across the country. Adding to the joy is my furry friend, Ava, a German Shepherd, who brings me so much happiness. Life is a delightful mix of crafting, quality family time, and the companionship of my beloved Ava.
My academic journey has been marked by dedication and a pursuit of knowledge:
University of Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TX
2005-2007: Master of Art in Administration with an Emphasis in Organizational Development. This program equipped me with advanced insights into administration and organizational development.
University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS
1998-2001: Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Studies. This foundational degree laid the groundwork for my expertise in the field of child and family studies.
These educational milestones reflect my commitment to continuous learning and professional growth, shaping my understanding of administration, organizational development, and child and family studies.
My professional certifications demonstrate a commitment to excellence in education and mental health:
Certified Early Childhood Educator, State of Mississippi: This certification signifies my expertise and proficiency in the field of early childhood education, highlighting a dedication to providing quality learning experiences for young children.
Certified Suicide Prevention Specialist: As a certified specialist, I am equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to contribute to suicide prevention efforts, promoting mental health awareness and support.
Certified Disability Trainer for Educators: Holding this certification reflects my commitment to inclusivity in education. As a trainer, I provide educators with the tools and knowledge to support students with disabilities, fostering an inclusive learning environment.
These certifications underscore my dedication to fostering a positive and inclusive educational environment while actively contributing to mental health awareness and suicide prevention efforts.