Finding people who are dedicated to educational change is not always easy. Many people simply are not in the process for the long haul. Betsy DeVos is not such a person. DeVos has spent her entire life working to make education better. In addition her goal is that all children will have access to the best education. She has devoted both her time but her money to this cause. She continues to look for new and bigger ways to make an impact in this space.
In a recent interview with Philanthropy Roundtable, DeVos shared some insight into her desire to work for change in education. As a mother DeVos took her own children to visit the Potter’s House Christian School in Grand Rapids, Michigan. DeVos was moved by the number of parents that she witness at he school. Their passion and dedication to making sure their students had a quality education was inspiring to DeVos. Many of the children came from poor homes but that didn’t stop their parents from doing whatever it took to provide a great education for their kids. Read more about their foundation at dbdvfoundation.org
DeVos would continue to visit Potter’s House regularly over the next few years. She began helping some students with tuition assistance. As time past however Betsy DeVos wanted to do more. Her and her family became very dedicated to doing whatever they could to produce change. Her husband ran for and was elected to the State Board of Education in Michigan. Betsy herself decided to start a scholarship fund to help even more children pay for a quality education. Betsy also became a member of many charitable boards. Two of those boards include Children First America and the American Education Reform Council. Both of these groups took the approach of using tax credits and vouchers to help produce more educational choice. Betsy even worked in Florida to a very successful tax-credit scholarship program.
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Today Betsy DeVos serves as the 11th U.S. secretary of education. She has earned even more influence on educational change. Her passion for education is rooted in watching her mother who worked for years as a teacher in Michigan public schools. DeVos herself work for more than fifteen years as a mentor to at risk students in Michigan public schools. She has worked with several groups over the years donating her money and working for educational change. Some of these groups include ArtPrize, Mars Hill Bible Church and the Kendall College of Art and Design. A graduate of Calvin College, DeVos and her family remained committed to doing anything they can to produce change in the educational world.