Early Head Start Educator, Aware Early Head Start

Olympia Gioulekas is a childcare specialist with Early Head Start, a decorated program in the early childhood services nationwide. Olympia works in the education department to prepare America's most vulnerable young students to succeed in school and beyond.  Her classroom ethics are about using the word yes and building a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment.

Before making her way into the classroom Olympia spent time as an educator and leader on learning farms. Food education and sustainability created a world Olympia belonged too. She began as the summer intern, then manager, at St. Lawrence University’s student farm. There she was able to invite her peers into the garden and promote food education at the University. The following year after graduating from St. Lawrence University with a degree in Conservation Biology she found herself managing a non-profit learning farm in Trinidad, Colorado. Her experience as a non-profit manager and educator are built on time spent gaining experience in several service based positions. Through her work with Habitat for Humanity she lead several mission trips to build houses for families in need and also helped organized the St. Lawrence University chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Her natural leadership abilities and passion for mother nature gave her several years of guiding wilderness trips with children and peers between the ages of 14 and 21.