Beverley Batson was born in Barbados, West Indies. She migrated to Brooklyn, New York where she graduated from Washington Irving High School and attended Pace University. She fell in love with Florida after a visit and moved here 8 months later with her husband and three children. Beverley’s background is in manufacturing, project management, and business management. She has a MBA and a Master’s Certificate in Project Management.
In 2015, Beverley committed to undertaking a project to start a Preschool for her church. Her only experience with early learning was in her role as a mom. Her determination and drive led her to explore and learn more about the industry of early learning to establish Ark Christian Preschool. It is a small but growing, close-knit family of staff and parents whose goal is to foster an environment that allows the students to flourish into the socially responsible adults of tomorrow.
Beverley was introduced to the Business and Leadership Institute (BLI) in 2016. BLI was a hidden gem that she wished she had found before starting Ark. Through BLI she was exposed to knowledge and tools that were immeasurable must haves for a “social entrepreneur” (Robyn Perlman – BLI) in the early learning industry. Beverley was grateful to BLI for her experiences and wanted to give back so she asked for the opportunity to be a mentor to help others on the same journey.
As a result of her involvement in BLI, and the ongoing exposure to more opportunities to be involved in and advocate for early learning, Beverley ventured outside of her comfort zone and entered her name into the election for the Early Learning Coalition (ELC) of Broward County’s Faith-Based Provider Representative. Beverley won the peer election and was confirm by the ELC Board of Directors in September of 2109. Now, in her fourth year as a mentor, she hopes to encourage others to understand and accept their responsibility as social entrepreneurs in the industry of early learning.
Be as wise a serpent and harmless as a dove.