Joana Walker, Sonshine Pre-School, Benbrook, Texas

Joana Walker is the Director at Sonshine Pre-School, a child care center in Benbrook, Texas. While Joana has been a childcare provider for almost 8 years, the center, which is licensed for 118 children, has been serving the community for over 23 years.

Joana, who has 3 children herself, says she chose childcare as a profession so she would be able to spend more time with her children as well. In addition she enjoys being able to make a difference in a child's life. "Knowing that the parents are happy with what we do here is also rewarding." She continued. "They keep coming back day after day and year after year, so that tells me they are happy with what we do here." Joana chuckled and added, "...even though you can't make everyone happy!"

When asked what one thing she would change about her job, Joana didn't hesitate a second before answering, "Less paperwork!"

Joana had just enough time to add the following piece of advice for new providers before having to rush back to work. "Be open for change. Know that just because a book says one thing doesn't make it so. Life isn't from a book."