THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE WORKFORCE
Meet Quenton Turner-Gee – He is a lead teacher at Kids World Learning Center in North Chesterfield, Virginia. Quenton has been working with kids for about 5 years and he loves his job. He made a decision to follow a career in the Early Education field because he wants to be a role model to his students and help them prepare for kindergarten.
While pursuing an associate’s degree in early childhood at John Tyler Community College, Quenton seeks to increase his skills as an educator; however he faced some financial hardship along the way. “I had been paying for classes out of pocket and because they were so expensive, I could only afford one class at a time. I have also been borrowing other people’s books to do my work,” says Quenton. After he discovered the Project Pathfinders Scholarships through his advisor, Quenton applied and received funding for his education. He says the scholarship has made his academic work easier now that he can afford to buy his own text books. He finds his coursework in Introductory into Early Childhood to be most applicable in his classroom because it has helped him create activities that target his students’ needs.
Quenton inspires his students to succeed in the classroom as he continues to succeed as a student. He has come to an agreement with his students that if they get A’s, he will too.