Do something that matters. - Head Start Teacher Story: LaStarra Fitzgerald Posted: June 25, 2019 Updated: June 28, 2019

LaStarra Fitzgerald, Lead Teacher

Do something that matters.

In my first year, we had a student that we had seen only three times because he was going through brain surgery. He couldn't come back to school until he healed. We didn’t want him or his guardian to feel left out, so when we had special holidays, the kids and I made him cards. 

This student came back the last three days of the school year and he was so excited to see the friends who sent him the cards. We made sure he did everything that we did because that's what we are about. We are about making families feel good and helping them out.

That’s one of the reasons I like teaching here – and why my children attend this school as well. OLHSA understands what I face as a working mother. They know that sometimes things come up, and they are very flexible and understanding. 

For example, my son was going to school at another center, but it was going to be very hard for me to get him there. I thought, “Oh my goodness, can he get transferred here?” because it would have been much easier. They made sure that he was in my classroom. They didn’t have to do that. 

It's been wonderful because OLHSA has helped me outside of the classroom too. I was looking to buy a house and they offered me resources and were very supportive. They would ask me, “Did you go to these classes? Did you do or read this?” They’re also helping me pay for my bachelor’s degree and the books I need for my classes. 

It’s all in service of my dreams. I’ve always wanted to be a teacher -- ever since I was in high school. I not only get to have fun with kids, I get to teach them things that will help shape their future. What I do really matters.