Andrea Escalante has served the children of Quincy for the past several years, but that is no big change for her. Escalante came from Eloy, Ariz., where she worked as a teacher’s assistant for 13 years at a K-6 school before coming to Quincy.
“I needed a change of scenery,” said Escalante. “I wanted to live in a place where there were more opportunities.”
Once she picked her destination, Escalante was very happy with her choice of coming to the Quincy Valley. It was here — with her children — she found her niche.
Escalante worked as a substitute paraprofessional in the Quincy School District before landing a job with the Migrant Head Start. Whether they were preschoolers or sixth graders, Escalante has enjoyed working with children, period.
“I like working with kids who struggle,” she said. “I like seeing the progress at the end of the year. It puts a smile on my face.”
Escalante continues to work at the Migrant Head Start building. She is the preschool lead teacher at what is now called the Inspire Child Development Center.
Escalante is, of course, busy with her own children at home. Her son, Andrew, is involved in high school sports. Her daughter, Adriana, will be pursuing a degree as a medical assistant and Alyssa is busy applying for colleges.
In her spare time, Escalante enjoys going to the movies, gardening, swimming and reading. She loves the Quincy area and the surrounding scenery. Not too long ago, she took her mother for a drive going west on I-90. They arrived at the lookout point with a beautiful view of the Columbia she had never seen before.
“The nice thing about living here in Washington state is that you can do a lot of outdoor activities,” said Escalante. “You can go camping, fishing or swimming.”