Assistant Director, Public Policy and Early Education, Center for Social Measurement and Evaluation
Kellie O’Quinn holds a Bachelor’s of Science of Sociology from Texas A&M University and a Master of Social Work degree, with a specialization in political social work from the University of Houston. She joined CHILDREN AT RISK as Assistant Director of Public Policy and Early Education in September 2015. Prior to joining CHILDREN AT RISK, Kellie worked with Family and Community Engagement Specialists to develop and evaluate programs that increase families’ capacity to actively engage in the education of their children. She also taught in San Pedro Sula, Honduras giving her valuable experience in international education and community development. Kellie is passionate about education and is excited to help CHILDREN AT RISK advocate on behalf of children across Texas.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
When I grew up I wanted to be a brain surgeon. Yes, a brain surgeon, I can’t make this up. But then I took biology freshman year of high school and realized I hated it, so never mind.
What was your favorite book as a child?
My favorite book as a child was any book in the Baby Sitters Club series. I own more than 100 of those books. On one occasion my mom let me spend more than $80 on books to work on completing my series (I don’t think my dad liked that very much…whoops. Sorry, dad).
What is your dream for Texas children?
My dream for Texas children is that they would all have access to equitable education, that schools will be a place for students where they can have needs met and enjoy learning each day. And that all Texas children can have a unicorn, because unicorns are awesome.