I must admit now before I start that I was not very familiar with Betsy DeVos or her commitment to education. As I researched her work I became more and more impressed with her endeavors. As someone interested in clean energy, zero waste, and natural alternatives I am excited to learn of Mrs. DeVos’ involvement with a company which invests in clean energy. I admire her for the time and money she has invested in many different areas from her work in campaigns, serving on many boards, and setting up scholarships. She is known in many circles not the least of which are politics, business, and education As a member of the Republican Party, Betsy DeVos spent most of the 90s as the Republican National Committeewoman for Michigan. She went on to serve as the chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party in the late 90s and early 2000s. I will be using her as a role model in my endeavor to improve myself and my community. Check her website for more info at betsydevos.com.
She was, herself, raised by a school teacher which I’m sure left an impression on her from childhood. When her own children entered school she noticed how not all children had the opportunity to receive the quality of education that others had within their reach. She became involved in making quality education achievable for all children, no matter their background. She gave several years of her time to mentoring at-risk children, as well as working to empower parents in making more choices available in educating their children.
In 2015 her family ranked #24 on Forbes list of America’s top givers. Mrs. DeVos and her husband began the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation in 1989. This foundation supports education, community, arts, justice, and leadership and has contributed $11.6 million. The DeVos’ total contributions have reached $139 million. Portions of these contributions have gone to hospitals, health research, schools, missions, and free-market think tanks. They have donated to Christian organizations and missions. Her latest achievement is that of the title of United States Secretary of Education, winning by one vote which Vice President Mike Pence cast in her favor to break the 50-50 tie. I am looking forward to seeing what strides she will make in the years to come in the area of education. I don’t think I could ever be in the political field but I could certainly follow her lead in the areas of mentoring children and being more involved in environmental concerns. There are many more lives waiting to be touched by her kindness, concern and generosity.