Betsy DeVos, the current U.S. Secretary of Education and a well-known philanthropist, is on a mission to change the destiny of American education. Since I know her from her early years of educational activism, she found to be a strong proponent of improving quality in education and framed a number of choices to improve it. The options include school of choice, school grading system, charter school system, school voucher system, etc. Most of these programs were tested to be highly effective in driving quality education. Though she is a Republican Party follower, many of her ideas to improve education even followed by Democrats and get wide-spread acceptance.
Betsy DeVos says what inspired her into educational activism, and it started from the day when she wanted to send her children to the school. When she and her husband Dick DeVos visited Potter’s House Christian School, she found parents were doing whatever they could to make an electrifying environment for quality education. From that day, she thought of supporting the individual students at the school and expanded services to other schools. I am pretty impressed by her approach to helping students from low-income families as they are not able to buy the quality education always. Betsy believes that if our generation could provide quality education to our children, they would transfer that to the coming generation, and will pass on.
Betsy has more than 15 years of experience in mentoring for at-risk children in the public schools in the Grand Rapids. She frequently had interactions with teachers, students, and parents to understand various issues related to the education and its quality. I am sure this is where she got more information and insights about the flaws in education, and that prompted her to come with solutions rather than merely protesting against the odds. Betsy DeVos worked hard to give support and create the educational choices in at least 25 states in the country including the District of Colombia. As the Secretary, she explained her dream of quality education across the country considering her earlier notion that students at wrong ZIP codes can’t follow the great American dream. Check her website for more info at betsydevos.com.
Before joining as the Secretary of Education, Betsy was the Chairperson of a privately held investment management firm named The Windquest Group. Being an active philanthropic, political, and education activist, she has served on the boards of many non-profit organizations including Kids Hope USA, Foundation for Excellence in Education, Mars Hill Bible Church, American Federation for Children, Alliance for School Choice, and DeVos Institute for Arts Management part of the Kennedy Center. DeVos completed her graduation in Bachelor of Arts from Calvin College located in Grand Rapids. She and husband Dick are one of the top contributors in the country especially for educational cause and supports various scholarships. Visit Betsy’s profile on Twitter.