A long-time worker in the local Head Start program has been selected as the agency’s new Director. Teena Alpers has been promoted to become the Head Start Director and Associate Director of Education. The appointment was announced by John Edwards, Interim CEO of the East Central Illinois Community Action Agency.
Alpers was a high school drop-out and teenage mom who began working with the Head Start program as a parent volunteer in 1982. Over the past 38 years she has held various titles with the program and says she is very excited to keep the programs growing in Ford, Iroquois and Vermilion Counties. Alpers says it was Head Start programs in areas of financial literacy, tuition assistance, and employment opportunities that have allowed her to succeed.
[In the photo Teena is shown with her husband, Chris Alpers.]