Head Start Employee Receives Scholarship
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet is pleased to announce that Mary Becerra, a substitute teacher in their Head Start program, has received the honor of the Mary Alice Buchanan Memorial Scholarship sponsored by the Illinois Head Start Association. She received award recognition at the Illinois Head Start Association annual training conference in Springfield.
Mary Becerra became involved with Head Start when her son attended the program. While her son was enrolled, she participated in on-site early childhood education classes. Mary Becerra currently serves as a substitute teacher at Catholic Charities’ Good Shepherd Early Childhood Center in Bolingbrook. She is working toward an Early Childhood Education degree and is a student at Joliet Junior College. Mary Becerra loves working with children. “I love seeing their happy faces as they are learning,” she said. “I want to give back to the Head Start community and begin teaching full-time once I obtain my degree.”