Strengthening Families Washington 2017 Unsung Hero Shereese Rhodes
2017 Unsung Hero Shereese Rhodes
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 8, 2017
Honoree: Shereese Rhodes, Kent
Nominator: Vy Nguyen
Shereese is a powerful parent leader who puts a lot of love into everything she does. She believes in modeling the change she wishes to see for future generations through active engagement on issues like addressing the opportunity gap and expanding access to early learning for all. Shereese is a committed parent advocate not just for her own children and siblings, but for a broad community she considers neighbors and friends.
I’ve had the privilege of seeing Shereese’s love and leadership in action. Whether as a parent ambassador for Head Start/ECEAP or with OneAmerica’s grassroots education advocacy, Shereese is fearless in sharing her story of how education has had a transformative impact on her own life, as a parent leaving a domestic violence situation, and the lives of her children, sharing how ECEAP has helped her daughter thrive as a bright child. Her words are inspirational about how, despite the challenges that exist for students of color and their families, education is so valuable and what an education system could really do if it shifted towards an asset-based view for all families.
Shereese also has a big heart. She models a tremendous amount of empathy that inspires the same for those in community and advocacy spaces with her. While another parent or youth or family in her community may not share her own family history, she recognizes parallels and challenges in other communities of color and is always open to listening and collaborating.
Her leadership and love is a gift to our community, and it is for this reason that I nominate Shereese Rhodes as an Unsung Hero.