Strengthening Families Washington 2017 Unsung Hero Breannah Hiatt
2017 Unsung Hero Breannah Hiatt and Family
Seattle's Child is proud to once again sponsor the Unsung Heroes being honored in February by the Department of Early Learning’s Strengthening Families Washington. Every day this month we'll present an Unsung Hero on seattleschild.com. Nominations are accepted from around the state and include biological parents, grandparents, foster and adoptive parents. Some volunteer at local schools; some have started nonprofit organizations; some mentor others in their communities. All honorees are true heroes - outstanding caregivers doing important work on behalf of children.
February 1, 2017
Honoree: Breannah Hiatt, Monroe
Nominator: Mellissa Hiatt
Breannah Hiatt is a success story in every sense of the word. Breannah found out that she was pregnant shortly after her 15th birthday. There was never a doubt that she would keep the baby. Since that time she has been determined to be the best mother possible. Breannah experienced severe morning sickness throughout her entire pregnancy. She did her best to remain in school and did so until the baby was born. After the baby was born she took one semester off and jumped right back in doing modified assignments at home to keep up and pass her courses. She eventually entered the youth reengagement program with Everett Community College where she has earned her high school diploma, a short state certificate in early childhood, and continues to attend ECC working toward her A.A. degree in Early Childhood.
Breannah made the choice to sacrifice her teenage world for her daughter (Solarissa, now 4 years old) and works to teach Solarissa how to recognize and express her feelings appropriately, encouraging self-help skills and just the right amount of scaffolding. Her daughter is a perfect reflection of her mother’s efforts: smart, resilient, independent, curious, and most of all safe and secure! At the age of 18, Breannah got her first apartment and is now independently providing for the needs of her own family in a safe, stable, nurturing, and secure environment.
Breannah continues striving for success by working part-time, going to school full-time, and being a full-time mother. What a way to show the world what a little determination and dedication can bring. Not just surviving but striving and thriving! As her mother I feel she deserves to be recognized for her resilience and efforts in being the best parent she can be.