Fatima Head Start Staff
Mike Olliver

Fatima Head Start Staff

May 10, 2018

About Our Head Start Site at Fatima

Our St Vincent de Paul Head Start Fatima Site is located on E Pratt Street in the Hopkins Bayview neighborhood of Baltimore. Located on the grounds of Our Lady of Fatima, the program is a partnership with the church and features a  bilingual immersion program that serves a rich and diverse community.

Note: St. Vincent de Paul Baltimore operates 42 Head Start classrooms at seven locations across Baltimore. For Teacher Appreciation Week we are highlighting staff and teachers at each location.

Meet Towanda Pressley

Towanda Pressley
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Towanda Pressley

Towanda Pressley is a classroom teacher at Fatima. A Baltimore native and a graduate of Coppin State University, she has been teaching with St. Vincent de Paul for 4 years — and she always wanted to be a teacher.  “As a little girl, I always told my elementary teachers that I wanted to teach just like them. The passion to always be around kids and help them blossom just grew stronger and stronger.”

While Towanda’s primary role is teaching the 20 students in classroom #3 at Fatima, she frequently jumps in to help out wherever support is needed.

To this day,  Towanda still loves a classic book from her childhood, Fox in Socks, because its abundance of nonsensical, rhyming words combined with a fox who wears blue socks on his hands never fails to make children and adults laugh. 

Meet Terah Turrentine

Terah Turrentine
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Terah Turrentine

Terah Turrentine is a senior family services coordinator at Fatima.  She earned a degree in Applied Psychology from Coppin State University says that she chose human services as a career because she always wanted to be of service.  “I enjoy being a part of the process of the human experience. Watching people change their lives, even in the smallest measure for the better, is a wonderful thing — and if I can bear witness to it and even play a part in it, that  makes what I do worth waking up for.”

Terah has a big responsibility in our Head Start program, supervising family services for more than 550 children. Even with that broad charge, Terah can always be counted on to go the extra mile to help coworkers. 

It’s not surprising to hear that Terah ’s favorite children's book is What Do You Do With a Problem,  by Kobi Yamada, which speaks to the human experience and teaches children that they can overcome obstacles. 

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