Meet Anam

Being a Role Model for her Son, and her Classroom

When Anam’s young son started school, she decided she needed a change. A high school dropout and an immigrant to the U.S., Anam found that change in the early childhood education program at Danville Community College.

“I’m a mother, I have a little boy – I wanted to become a role model for him,” said Anam.

Once the seed was planted, she knew she wanted to do something with little kids, but she needed a nudge. That nudge came from her sister and friend, who submitted an application on her behalf to DCC. When she opened her admissions letter, it was exactly the push she needed to take that first step.

Anam is a full-time mother and wife – she’s also a full-time student and a part-time employee. And her perseverance is inspiring.

“I’ve been working on and off at the child care center on DCC’s campus for two years. It’s hard – it’s hard to work and do school, but it’s fun and it’s giving me lots of experience. I’m learning something new every day,” she said.

For those like Anam who are hesitant about taking the steps toward a career in early childhood education, she offers this advice: “If you want to be in early childhood education, this program is meant for you. You can do it. It’s hands-on learning, more than just taking notes and doing assignments. You experience, you play and learn directly with children,” she said.

Anam will graduate with dual associate degrees, in early childhood education and liberal arts. She hopes to find a career where she can support students with special needs.