Betsy DeVos is a political contributor, American businesswoman and is the pick for the Education Secretary by President Donald Trump. Her long list of contributions and her fight for education reform in the country has made her one of the top choices for the post. She has been using every opportunity there is to bring about a positive change in the educational sector of the country. She has been active on the political front for over 40 years which she started volunteering for President Gerald Ford in 1976.
DeVos is a firm believer of school vouchers that would allow all students to attend private schools with the use of public funding. She wants parents to have more choices about the way they want to educate their children. Over the years, she has helped low-income families with kids to get access to better schools. She does not want students to be stuck in schools that are not offering quality education. Betsy DeVos believes that it is through better choice that they will be able to improve the education system in the country. Her supporters believe that her talent and commitment in revitalizing the public schools will be towards the betterment of the society and offer more opportunities for excellent education.
DeVos grew up hearing stories about her Dutch immigrant ancestors who pushed their way to overcame poverty with hard work. Her father was an automobile parts supplier in Holland and was among the wealthiest in their town. She went to Holland Christian High School in her hometown of Holland. She then completed her graduation in business administration and political science from Calvin College in Grand Rapids in Michigan. She grew up as a member of the Christian Reformed Church in North American and had a religious upbringing. DeVos is married to Dick DeVos who is the former president of Amway which his founder co-founded. She has four children who are raised in the town of Ada, Michigan.
DeVos’ family has been a major contributor to many conservative and Christian organizations. She has also been the chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party and was a member of the Republican National Committee in the 1990s. DeVos aims to set standards in the education institutions, bring about accountability and oversee research that will benefit the children. She has also created a Family Foundation (dbdvfoundation.org) called the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation in 1989. The foundation aims to cultivate leadership and support transformation in five broad areas of education, arts, community, justice and leadership. In fact, the DeVos Family was also on the list of top givers in America in 2015. They have also donated significant amounts to many health research projects, hospitals, and art organizations over the years.