Betsy DeVos Makes a Difference in the Lives of Children


Betsy DeVos, a woman of beauty, brains, and heart, serves as a prominent model of an accomplished modern woman. Ms. DeVos effectively balances her prestigious professional role while maintaining engagement in family life. As a woman in the professional field, I find Ms. DeVos’ ability to balance work and home life to be an inspiration. Ms. DeVos, the wife of Dick DeVos, (entrepreneur, philanthropist, and community activist) has found time to further her career while raising four children and is now a grandmother to six. Read more about their foundation at dbdvfoundation.org

Betsy now holds a position as the 11th U.S. secretary of education. She was nominated by President Donald J. Trump and appointed by U.S. Senate on February 7, 2017. Ms. DeVos’ professional background has been one that shows a consistent desire for educational growth in the nation. Betsy informs that her interest in education began as early as her childhood. She attributes this interest to her mother’s role as an educator. Ms. DeVos became more active in the education system when her children were in school; it was during this time in her life that Betsy DeVos became aware of the many limitations that inhibited equal education opportunities. This awareness is also the origin of the DeVos families’ philanthropic interest in education. The DeVos family contributed financially to families in need at the Potter’s House Christian School, but later came to realize that a national change needed to occur in order for there to be reform in the education system. Not long after Betsy became involved in the Children First America and American Education Reform Council working to broaden educational choice through vouchers and tax credits. Within the last 30 years, Betsy DeVos has continued to pursue a change in the education system by holding a position in the following: (chairman) Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, DeVos Institute for Arts Management at the Kennedy Center, Mars Hill Bible Church, Kids Hope USA, Foundations for Excellence in Education, (chairman) American Federation for Children, and (chairman) Alliance for School Choice. Furthermore, she served as an in-school mentor for at-risk youth in Grand Rapids (Michigan) Public School for 15 years. After years of dedication to the improvement of the education system Betsy DeVos works with President Donald Trump for the advancement of an education system with equal opportunity. Read more about her philanthropy at MLive.