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At Your Service magazine

Published: April 1, 2022 

Interview with Brenda McField

by Courtney Thatcher-Matos FSS Marketing.

 

 

 

 

 

Cannon Air Force Base has been home to many men and women in the armed service. Many of these Airmen have come and gone, but one particular woman found her calling here at Cannon.
 

Brenda McField is the School Age Coordinator at the School Age Center on base. She’s the director of the program for kids 5-12 years of age. The School Age Center is a program that supports children before they go to school and after they get out of school. Mrs. McField’s job is to ensure that developmental practices are being adhered to and that children are being developed in a gamut of areas such as science, 4H and STEM.

Here is a short interview with her and a little insight to her passion for childcare work.


Q: How long have you worked at Cannon?

A: My husband was active duty, we got here in 1993. I was on the base for 11 years, then I left [for 15 years]. A position opened up and I have been back here. It will be four years in April.


Q: What made you choose a military childcare job?

A: I’m a military spouse, so I know firsthand what these families have gone through and endured because I was one. I know what my children had to experience. My passion is for children, and with military children, I understand it. I understand it deeply, because there is a connection between my life and these children’s lives.


Q: What do you like most about your job?

A: The children. There’s nothing like in the afternoons when they’re getting off the bus to be standing right there to be there first one to say, “Hello! How was your day?” and to get their responses. To go in the rooms, and they’re doing projects and they’re like, “Mrs. Brenda come here! Look what I’ve done!” My joy is seeing their faces, talking to them and engaging with them.


Q: Is there anything you dislike about your job? Specifically; is there anything that’s difficult for you?

A: I’m extremely passionate about what I do. When you ask me if there is any difficulty with this job, my answer is absolutely not because I am supported all the way around from the command. Especially by my team. I have the most amazing staff and they love the kids.


Q: What are some challenges you’ve faced when working with military children? Specifically; is it hard to see them leave so early when their parents PCS?

A: I think it’s because I’m a military spouse, I’m used to that. We already know that they’re going to leave. My goal is that, you leave better than when you came. As long as a child is leaving with more, I’m smiling. As long as they know they were loved, I’m smiling. And do we miss them? Oh, yes! But they have to go. It’s part of the military. It’s hard for the kids as well, but they’re so resilient. And that’s my one word for our military children, resilient.


Q: If you had any words of advice for young military children, what would they be?

A: My advice to everybody is to enjoy the journey. Go for it. Learn different things. The world is there for you to learn, grow and experience as much as you can experience. That you’re loved. Kids need to hear that and know that. It’s okay being you. You are good enough.


Q: If you had any advice for future childcare workers, what would it be?

A: Just remember that these kids, you’re helping develop their minds. These children need you, and they need you to be present. The few hours that you are there, they need to know that you see them and that you’re here for them. If you can’t, you need to leave because you can damage them and that is not something we ever want to have happen to any of the children in any program. Whether military or not.


Q: Where do you see yourself in the future?

A: I see myself with grandbabies. I don’t have any yet and I want them. You know what, I’m always going to work with children in some capacity or another. Will it always be within the military? I don’t know. Will it always be connected somehow, someway with children? The answer is yes. Because it's my passion. This is my world. Do I see myself retiring? I don’t

know what I see.

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