Meet Our Staff

Elsie Blaylock

Director: The Director is responsible for supervising all program operations, overseeing all personnel, authorizing purchases, preparing the budget, and drafting the annual grant application. The Director promotes good relations with the community and serves as a resource person to the Policy Council.

Education Specialist:The Education Specialist is responsible for the quality of the educational program provided by the Center. The Educational Specialist oversees all Educational Staff.

Rita Mayfield

Asst. Mentor Coach/Education Supervisor: The Assistant Mentor Coach/Education Supervisor provides for a process of equipping people with the tools, knowledge, and opportunities they need to fully develop themselves to be effective in their commitment to themselves, the program, and their work and Supervises all teaching staff and related services associated with teaching.

Jamie Goforth

Disabilities Specialist:The Disabilities Specialist oversees all services to disabled enrollees. This includes scheduling and conducting IEP meetings, setting up contracts for therapy and other specialized services, and helping children and families make the transition to public school.

Health Services Specialist: The Health Services Specialist supervises the dental, medical, and mental health aspects of the program. He/She serves as a liaison and advocate as well as assisting parents with any needs in these areas. Ensures the health and safety of the children and center.

Nutrition Specialist: The Nutritional Specialist insures that all nutritional needs of each child are met by making sure all meals and snacks served at Head Start meet the USDA regulations.

Hilda Starkey

Safety Coordinator: The Safety Coordinator ensures safety in the Head Start Center, assisting the Health Service Specialist to implement systems that will ensure child safety.  Additionally, This position is responsible for making sure all the regulations are implemented and followed by staff. Staff is also kept updated with current changes to regulations.

Currently Accepting Applications for this Position

Family/Community Partnership Specialist: The Family Services Specialist at UCHRA Van Buren County Head Start is responsible for the areas of both Parent Involvement and Social Services. The Specialist provides guidance to individual parents, conducts parent needs surveys, supervises the parent areas and bulletin board, and works with the Policy Council. The Specialist recruits and enrolls children into the Program and helps conduct parent trainings. Aides staff in professional development activities, helps children and families with the transition to the school system. coordinates literacy related activities for the children, families and classrooms.

Carrie Swafford

Family Services Worker: The Family Services Worker at UCHRA Van Buren County Head Start is responsible for working closely with families in assisting them with obtaining services, screenings, follows up on services rendered home visits, and tracking services through the Galileo system.

MIS Specialist: The position is responsible for making sure all data from each service area is received and accurately entered into the computer filing system, which enables them to generate daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and /or yearly reports as well as to track children and families.

Class Room Assignments

Teachers:  The Teacher plans the classroom activities, supervises volunteers and family members/guardians in the classroom, supervises teacher’s assistants, and conducts at least two home visits to each family during the year.  The Teacher assesses the child’s developmental stages and, with the help of the parent/guardian, works with the child to achieve individualized educational goals.

Classroom A 

Teacher: Ruth Cunningham

Aides: Brie Huddleston, Haley Tobitt

Classroom B 

Teacher: Jamie Wood

Aides: Dollie Thompson

Support Staff

Our Head Start program could not run smoothly without the services of our support staff.  From ensuring that we have a operating environment to providing delicious meals, they have us covered!

Mark Williams – Custodian/Maintenance

Cynthia Beasley – Cook