Phyllis has dedicated her life to working with children and serving her Burnside community in Chicago. As the proud owner of a home daycare center for over two decades, her advocacy extends beyond childcare to advocating for all children. Phyllis is a living example of “see a need, fill a need,” because she gracefully serves her neighborhood school, family, and community by going above and beyond the call of duty. Her personal feeling is that wherever she is needed is where she wants to be.
A product of Chicago Public Schools, Phyllis has seen four of her own children graduate from Harold Washington Elementary School. She is also a longtime, engaged member of the school’s LSC and PAC.
Phyllis’ many credentials make her a resource to the neighborhood, not just as a trusted childcare provider, but an engaged advocate for her community’s families. But her advocacy and service in her community extends well beyond her childcare center. Her positive outlook aims to bring community resources to the table to help parents, schools, and communities meet their goals.
Her passion for children and her community brought her to Stand through the resilience and capacity-building retreats of the Stand as One program. In addition to being an active participant in Stand as One, Phyllis extended her advocacy reach when she canvassed with other Stand parents during the 2019 Chicago Mayoral race. She quickly grew in her role as a Stand leader and Stand invited her to join its Fellowship program to advance her advocacy skills even further. Phyllis is a team player who is committed to improving her school and community and is not afraid to roll up her sleeves and get the job done.