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Kisha Petties

Kisha Petties

Part-time Faculty

Kisha Petties, a Bellwood, Ill. native and first-generation educator, began her journey in early childhood education as an undergraduate student at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Petties, who experienced parenthood at age 17, found that her studies not only positively impacted her career, but also her parenting skills. Not only did she desire to change the trajectory of children and families across the globe, but also those nearest her. She gave back to her community through substitute teaching at both her grammar school and high school prior to advancing her studies at National Louis University Chicago, where she went on to gain her master’s degree in teaching and an advanced study certificate in curriculum and instruction.

Recognized as the most qualified candidate, Petties embarked upon a new journey in October 2022 to build out the newly formed Bureau of Collaboration and Partnerships for the Illinois Department of Human Services’ Division of Early Childhood. In this role, she developed a vision, mission, and goals as a foundation to establishing a strategic plan for the Bureau in alignment with the overall program charter for the Division. She routinely provides quality and assurance oversight for multiple program contracts and budgets, identifying opportunities for efficient issue resolution and paths to successful implementation.