Betsy DeVos has lived a very full life of service. Her inspiration and interest in education began early on in her home life. Her mother was a dedicated public school teacher and this inspired Mrs. DeVos very much. She then branched out as a young successful woman and attended college at Calvin College to obtain a Bachelor’s of Arts degree. During her time on campus, Mrs. DeVos became interested in campus politics. After graduation, Betsy DeVos married her husband, Dick. They have four children together. Her children is where her passion and career came together and has benefited many families over the past three decades of service. When her children became school aged, Mrs. DeVos couldn’t help but notice an injustice taking place. Parents were either being forced to send their children to certain schools because of where their homes were located, which a lot of times is based on income as well, or they were being stretched financially to pay higher tuition rates in order to send their children to schools that had better education ratings.
This became painfully apparent after multiple visits to the Potter’s House Christian School. Knowing that she and her husband couldn’t stand by and do nothing, they began to sponsor certain low-income children that attended this school. This was the start of a beautiful partnership that continues on today, over 30 years later, where the DeVos family supports this school in significant amounts.Also, through her own children attending school, Betsy DeVos found herself serving as an in-school mentor for lower income children who were considered at-risk. She served the Grand Rapids, Michigan area for over 15 years in this position. During this time, she started a foundation that was able to provide scholarships to low-income families which would make sending their children to schools of their choice a little easier. Mrs. DeVos also found herself serving on the boards of Children First America and American Education Reforms. Their goal was to help parents expand their children’s educational options.These organizations were able to give vouchers and offer tax credits to make some of these choices more viable.
However, Mrs. DeVos wasn’t satisfied as she knew that this wasn’t reaching the amount of children she wanted to reach across the country.Mrs. DeVos had a solid platform to reach more children as she began serving for six years as the chairman of the Republican Party in Michigan. She also served on multiple other boards and within many other organizations. She served on the board of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation and on the board of a company she and her husband started, known as Windquest Group. It is a company that focuses on technology and clean energy sources. Mrs. DeVos served Kids Hope USA, Foundation for Excellence in Education, and became an even bigger advocate for the educational choice movement with each charity she was involved in. In February 2017, Betsy DeVos became the Secretary of Education and now has one of the largest platforms to make a difference for future generations and their quality and freedom of education choices.