Member of the Month for March 2014: Francesca Eidson
For the month of March, CCDAA would like to recognize Francesca Eidson, our long time member, Central Section Board President and Program Director for Kings Community Action Organization.
What has been most rewarding about your career in early education so far?
As I engage with and interact with energetic, intelligent, dynamic, capable and funny women at all levels around the state, I am happy knowing that the ECE world is in strong, capable hands long after us oldies but goodies are gone. These same articulate, caring, dependable women are excellent role models for those they teach, mentor and help; their instilled values and principles help to shape the future of ECE. So, the ECE world is in a constant state of evolution and circular movement built upon the backs, minds and hearts of women who started us off decades ago. I never, for one minute, forget what we owe those women who had the courage to say "why not us" in the 40s. Finally, I have always been in awe of the tremendous amount of advocacy that arises from this small but powerful group. It has been my honor to work alongside the Tom Joads of the ECE world to observe what they can accomplish with no money and with a heck of a lot of contacts.
If you could give advice to someone who is new in the administrative role, what would it be?
Admit you know nothing; that way you can learn everything. This gives you time to build your knowledge base, contacts and network. It also gives you the freedom to ask the most outlandish questions because you have admitted you know nothing. It also helps you to be receptive to learning. Attend meetings, trainings, workshops and hopefully you will find a "telephone buddy"; sort of like that girlfriend you can call at all hours with weird questions and she patiently answers the phone and your questions. The other prerequisites are: (1) have a car big enough to transport an elephant because you just might have to; (2) have family willing to help you paint, stock, clean, staff event tables, etc. because they just might have to; (3) have a sense of humor and a really good therapist.