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The Council’s Head Start Site Administrators are the backbone of our early childhood learning program and are some of the hardest working and most dedicated individuals serving children and families in our Greater Cleveland community. The Our Sight is Set On Your Child’s Future series will introduce our talented team who, along with their staff, will welcome Cleveland’s children for another year of learning and discovery in Head Start centers across the county this Fall.

Fatu Saleem, Site Administrator for the Lakeview Terrace Head Start Center
1290 West 25th Street
Cleveland, OH 44119

What is your educational background?
I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Cleveland State University and a Master of Science in Education from Capella University with a specialization in Early Childhood Education.

What is your favorite thing about what you do?
My favorite things are the one-on-one interaction with the children as well as the group engagement I have with them. Meeting the parents and the families of our children and learning about the goals and dreams they have are additional benefits.

What inspires you to do your job? 
What inspires me to do my job has no one answer. As I look back over my life during my sophomore year of college, I experienced a work study program and the only one available to me at the time happened to be teaching at the university’s day care center. I was a Biology major and my plan was to become a Pediatrician, but I had found my passion through the work study program, which to me was not too far from my original plan. They both involved caring for children. Working at the day care center helped me realize the influences and impact I had on children’s language development, cooperative play, developing their self- esteem and self-confidence, problem solving, sharing etc. These are few of the things that inspire me to do my job.

What’s one thing you want parents to know about your site?
One thing I would like for parents to know about Lakeview Terrace Head Start is we are a safe, loving, caring and highly qualified early childhood education provider. We want to see all the children that walk through the doors of Lakeview Terrace and their parents succeed in life and become productive in society.

To ENROLL your child today, click here. You can also call Lakeview Terrace (216-795-5255) to enroll.