Katie Eades joined the Mustard Seed School community as Development Director in early March.
Where are you from?
I am born and raised in Sterling, Illinois, but Chicago will always be home to me.
Tell us a little bit about your experience.
First and foremost, I am a teacher. I taught high school history in Chicago for seven years and enjoyed every minute of it! In addition to teaching, I also have a background in business development. I owned a for-profit business and have also served as the executive director for a local non-profit in Hoboken.
MSS is a big “hopes and dreams” place. What are some of your hopes and dreams for the year?
My first hope is to help MSS achieve the goals that have already been set for providing financial aid for students. I think it is very achievable, and we are going to make it happen. Additionally, I would love to see my department grow! I believe if we share our mission to serve students of all backgrounds with more people, they’ll discover they love Mustard Seed. They’ll join with us as we inspire minds, cultivate hearts, and remove barriers.
What do you love about development?
Building relationships and getting to know you, the individuals that make it possible for over 50% of our students to be a part of this learning community. Your generosity and commitment to our students inspire me. Some of you have been with us over the past 40 years and some of you are as new as I am. I look forward to getting to know each of you and learning about your individual passions as we work together to change lives.
Why Mustard Seed School?
I’m drawn to serve as the development director because I believe in equitable access to education and I want to make a difference in the lives of children. There are incredibly talented people working at Mustard Seed and I’m excited at the opportunity to be a part of the Advancement the team! I’m also deeply impressed with the school; the staff and students are truly what makes this place unique. It’s rare to still have founders of the school serving at the organization almost 40 years later! As a former teacher, I believe we have the “secret sauce” to building a safe, strong, and beautiful learning environment for our students.
What do you do in your spare time?
On Tuesday evenings I volunteer at TRUE Mentors, a local mentoring program for students. I love working with our students and families each week and watching them thrive in our mentoring program. On Saturday mornings, I coach CrossFit kids at CrossFit Hoboken. I have coached this class for over three years and really enjoy watching these kids grow up with a passion for exercise! I also enjoy my weekly sushi date with my girlfriends and brunch after church on Sundays.
Any hidden talents?
I played tennis in college, both singles and doubles. I am also secretly very funny and have a few stand up routines.
Favorite book and movie?
My favorite book at the moment is Lead Like Jesus, by Ken Blanchard. I reference this book in my personal and professional life on a weekly basis. My favorite movie is Christmas Vacation. It takes place in Chicago, my favorite city, and I very much identify with Clark Griswold.
Nespresso coffee with a splash of almond milk.
What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
Selling my business, packing up my car, and moving to New Jersey without a job or support system was the hardest thing I have ever done. It’s also the best decision I ever made. I took a leap of faith and trusted that God would ultimately provide, and He did beyond what I could have imagined.
Is there anything else that you want to tell us that you think our community might want to know?
I want our families, staff, and supporters to know that I’m praying for you, always. You’re the heart of this community and the driving force behind all the decisions we make at Mustard Seed. I also want to hear from you! I ‘m incredibly excited to serve as your director of development and encourage you to reach out anytime with questions, concerns or ideas!
I’ll be around after worship on Friday, April 5th, in the community room, if you’re available to stop by and introduce yourself. I look forward to meeting you.