Meet Our Team
Head Start Director
My Name is Patricia Bradley and I serve as Head Start Director. I received my Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education and Leadership from Park University, Parkville Missouri in 2012, and my second Bachelors in Early Childhood Education with Teacher Certification in 2016 from Missouri Western State University St. Joseph Missouri, and currently working on my Masters in Educational Leadership. I have been in the field of Early Learning for 30 plus years, serving as a preschool teacher, an elementary school teaching kindergarten through third grade, and as a program director.
It has always been my vision to nurture and cultivate the growing minds of young children. I feel with proper scaffolding the sky is not the limit to where their minds can journey.
To create a more collaborative, cohesive environment for children, families, and staff, as Head Start Director I desire to use the background knowledge gained in Instructional Leadership to provide unique insight into the Head Start program at Emmanuel Family Childcare and Development Center to help support the development, health and safety, and school readiness of our most vulnerable children.
Favorite quote: “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken adults.” ~ F. Douglas
Director of Human Resources
My name is Denise Crawford. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance and a minor in Economics from the University of Missouri – Kansas City in May 2004. I have two children, a boy and a girl. As a mother, I feel that it is always important to treat children with a clear mind and kind heart. I enjoy working out, spending time with my children, cooking, and traveling the world. I chose to work in the field of childcare because I wanted to learn how to parent a child in a loving and healthy way.
It amazes me what young children are capable of doing. I am so happy to be part of the EFCDC family and will continue to do my best for all the children that walk through the door. My goal is to continue growing as a professional to give the children at EFCDC the best possible learning experiences that will help them develop and get ready not only for kindergarten but for life.
In my current position as Director of HR at Emmanuel Family & Child Development Center. I began working in childcare administration at Emmanuel Family & Child Development Center in January 1997.
As an HR Professional, some of my duties have included implementing the organization’s recruiting strategy, interviewing applicants, administering pre-employment tests, assisting with completing background investigations, promotions, terminations, conducting training sessions, administering on-the-job training programs, maintaining records of employee participation in all training and development programs, analyzing job duties, writing job descriptions, performing job evaluations and job analyses, resolving grievances, assisting with processing employee grievances, developing and administering health and safety programs, and maintaining accident records.
In addition to working on a Master’s in Leadership in Early Childhood degree, I also have begun working
on a Master’s in Human Resource Management. These degrees have prepared me to work effectively in a number of HR disciplines, with a focus on leadership, interpersonal and organizational behaviors, and approaches for managing and motivating employees.
Infant/Toddler Education Coordinator
Hi, my name is Sheree Goode and I am the Infant/ Toddler Education Coordinator. I have an Associates in Early Childhood Education, a Bachelors in ECE Administration, and a Master's in Education with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction: Biblical Studies. I started with the CDA with a Preschool endorsement.
To the role, I first bring a heart for people of all ages, especially the youngest in child form and peer form. The youngest because I enjoy the light in their eyes and being part of helping them get it. My younger peers because I get to support them in growing and getting to the next level just like several have done for me. Mrs. Deborah Mann is one of those definitely. Also, I bring the knowledge I’ve gained and experience I’ve earned through Early Childhood Education and Mental health and Social Services. I believe every experience and role I have had before now culminated into my ability to walk into this role with ease. I look forward to learning through this process and supporting the growth of Emmanuel and the community around it.
Pre-K Cooperative Family Advocate
Dorothea received her Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Missouri in Kansas City. She has extensive experience in working in the nonprofit sector and over 25 years of service to children and families in the Kansas City Area.
Prior to coming to Emmanuel she taught Pre-K for 8 years and later returned to that center as Director for several years. She work at the Local Investment Commission as the Educare Coordinator where she had an essential role in providing training and support to the early childhood sector. She is passionate about providing exceptional services to the children and families that she serves. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time at Longview Lake, relaxing with friends, and helping emerging authors develop and publish their work.
Head Start Family Advocater
My name is Imani Lewis and I am one of the Head Start Family Advocates here at Emmanuel Family & Child Development Center.
I come from a long line of educators and leaders. I have a Master's in Human and Social Services from Walden University, and a Bachelors of Arts from The University of Missouri- Kansas City in Interpersonal Public Communication with a minor in Black Studies. In a few years, I would like to go back for my Doctorate to further my education.
For five years I worked at Thomas Roque Head Start as a substitute and Teachers' Assistant, I enjoyed being inside of the classrooms and engaging with all of my friends. I became interested in this field while working at TR. I was curious about what the position had to offer and how I could help the families and children in and out of the classroom.
In my free time, I am the mother of a handsome two-year-old son who keeps me active and on my toes. I also love to travel and sing karaoke. I am super excited to be a part of Emmanuel and even more excited to learn what this position has to offer along with the resources I can bring and gain.