The field of education may be one of the most important that a person can go into. It takes dedication and passion to succeed in this field that often does not offer many rewards. Betsy DeVos has proven that she is committed to this field. With more than three decades of experience working with parents and children, DeVos has a passion and dedication that few can match. She is constantly looking for ways to improve this system by any means necessary.
DeVos had a love for education at a very young age. As a child in Michigan, she watched her mom impact lives each day as a public school teacher. Her love would continue to grow as she became a young adult. DeVos worked for more than a decade and a half as an in school mentor for at-risk students in Michigan. During this time she grew concerned for a number of students whose parents struggled to give them the education they wanted. Read her interview with Philantrophy Table.
Betsy DeVos has worked for years to support the creation of new educational choices for students. During this time she has demonstrated that she is more than willing to use her own money to assist in this process. Her philanthropic efforts have been widespread throughout her career. Early in her career she began giving tuition assistance to students at Potter’s House Christian School. Realizing the limits of this effort she would continue to search for other ways to improve educational choice.
The DeVos family would continue to give back in many ways. In 1990 Betsy’s husband, Dick DeVos, ran and was elected to the State Board of Education in Michigan. Soon after Besty created her own foundation that gave scholarships to low-income families. The ultimate goal was to help give parents the ability to decide where their kids would go to school. Betsy desire to make the biggest impact possible would lead her to other opportunities after that. Besty DeVos worked with Children First America and the American Education Reform Council. These groups worked to use vouchers and tax credist to help increase educational choice.
Throughout her career, Betsy DeVos has demonstrated that she is committed to doing whatever it takes to improve educational opportunities for everyone. Now the Secretary of Education she has the ability to have perhaps the biggest impact she has ever had. If her resume is any indication, she will continue doing whatever she can to make an impact. Visit Betsy’s profile page on facebook.com.