Meet Epiphany Center Infant-Toddler Teacher Suzy Yu
June 18, 2015
Why did you choose to work at Epiphany Center and what do you like most about working at the agency? I chose to work at the Epiphany Center because I had heard of the great work everyone was doing for mothers and their children. I like how everyone works together to reunite the mother and her child. What I enjoy most about working at Epiphany is how many services needed by the families are right there within the agency itself. I love how everything is focused on helping both mother and child develop to their full potential.
Why and how did you become involved with the San Francisco Child Care Providers’ Association? I participate in the San Francisco Child Care Providers’ Association meetings because I like the way I am able to network with similarly minded people. Each year, policy makers attend our Advocacy Luncheon, and last year, Senator Mark Leno spoke. What I enjoy most is the recent shift from directors speaking to policy makers to teachers advocating for and raising awareness of early childhood education.
Of the five major Vincentian Values of Respect, Compassionate Service, Simplicity, Advocacy for the Poor, and Creativity, which one is your favorite to practice and why? My favorites are all of them. I work to offer compassionate services for the children and their families. I am respectful of their beliefs, cultures, values, thoughts, and needs. I am a strong believer in advocating for not only the poor, but also for anyone who is having trouble getting their voice heard. I strive for simplicity in my classroom as well as in my own life - all of which takes a lot of creativity to achieve.
What do you enjoy most about your work? I enjoy watching the children struggle through their play and naturally achieve their developmental milestones. I love watching them explore their environment as well as what their bodies can achieve. I share in their successes and sympathize with their frustration.
Who inspires you? Epiphany’s children and their families inspire me. To overcome so much and survive is not easy. To see their success through hard work is what is the most inspiring. To watch the children reach developmental milestones working with the limited ability of their bodies is what makes my heart sing.