Lisa D. Banks
Preschool Program Director
Mercer Street Friends
What inspired you to get involved?
I have been inspired to work with young children from a very young age, I always wanted to be a teacher. I was raised by my grandparents, being the oldest I was responsible for caring for my siblings at a very young age making sure they were clean, neat and loved, even teaching my baby brother to read. I care about the young children in our care making sure they are safe and learning in a positive, nurturing environment where children can learn and have fun as they grow, I have an excellent staff, some of the greatest Preschool Teachers around and I could not do my job without them.
What keeps you motivated?
What keeps me motivated is watching the children grow, it’s an unexplained joy that I get watching the children and parents enter our doors, not sure of what to expect, then seeing them happy and comfortable leaving their children in our care and the children not wanting to leave. It is beautiful to see the children transition from Preschool to Kindergarten and watching them learn throughout the year.
What is your hope for the future of your program/organization?
My hope for our program and organization is that we continue to make a positive difference in the lives of the children we teach. It is a blessing when families keep coming back for the wonderful services that we offer. Our greatest testimonies come by “word of mouth.”