Latonya Taylor loves kids. And she loves her job. As the site manager of one
South Memphis' Early Head Start centers, she takes her job very seriously.
Inspiring people along the way.This is a story about Latonya Taylor. Actually,
it is a story about playing with toy blocks. More specifically, it is a
story of how the blocks represent Latonya's journey to this point. Before she
climbed the managerial ladder to site manager and family service coordinator at
the Renaissance Early Head Start in South Memphis, Miss Taylor was a lot like
the families she works with everyday. "I was not working. I was leaving an
abusive relationship. And I was actually was in transition living in a
shelter," Taylor said.
Although she was down she had finally found an
avenue to get back up. After enrolling her children in Head Start, she also found a new start, a job with Porter-Leath. "Not having
a lot of experience in the work force, they gave me an opportunity and with that
opportunity came other opportunities," Taylor said. She started as a bus
monitor. Then administrative assistant before working her way up to family
service worker. And then she hit a roadblock. No college degree, so she could
not be promoted anymore. She went back to school for a better chance at a
life. A better foundation. Latonya got that bachelor's degree. And got
the job she dreamed of.
But this is where the story gets even better. She made
sure other moms just like her got a shot too. Jeray Cox's twins attend the
early Head Start program. Latonya has mentored Jeray and countless other moms
to be all that they can be. "Miss Taylor encouraged me to go back to
school to pursue it. If this is what you want to do, you can be a mom. You can
be a mom that works and it's possible by her sharing her story with me,"