Management Team

Family & Community Partnerships and Mental Health Coordinator

Andrea Burford

Andrea B. Burford is a Qualified Mental Health Professional with certifications for both Adults and Children (QMHP-A/C). She began working in the Human Services field in 1996 and is currently employed in the dual capacity of Family and Community Partnerships Coordinator and Mental Health Coordinator for the Head Start Program at Mile High Kids and Community Development, Incorporated. Mrs. Burford matriculated from James Madison University, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology, with a concentration in Criminology, and a double minor in Criminal Justice and Family Issues. Over the years, Mrs. Burford has served as a Counselor at a Youth Residential Treatment Center, as well as provided Mental Health Counseling for Therapeutic Day Treatment, Intensive In-Home, and Mental Health Skill-Building services throughout the Hamptons Roads and Central Virginia regions. In her current role, Mrs. Burford is the senior supervisor of the Family Services Department which advocates for vulnerable, at-risk children and their families, through recruitment, enrollment, family engagement, mental health wellness, disability services, and community collaborations. Mrs. Burford is a community servant and a proud member of the Portsmouth Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, where she has served on the Executive Board for the past 6 years. Mrs. Burford is passionate about serving the community and promoting cultural inclusivity conducive for all individuals to thrive.

Education and Disabilities Coordinator

Tyler L. Savage

Ms. Tyler Savage began working with children at the age of 17 in her hometown of New Kent, Virginia. Ms. Savage spent six years teaching within KinderCare as a Lead Teacher before accepting a Teaching Position at Mile High Kids and Community Development Inc in 2015. At the end of 2016, Ms. Savage was promoted within the company to a Site Lead/Center Manager position within the same company and served dual roles as the Teacher and Site Manager. In 2018, Ms. Savage went on to take the role as Education Manager for Mile High Kids. This year marks her seventh year with Mile High Kids and Community Development Inc. Her educational experiences have afforded her the opportunity to collaborate with a diverse group of people to meet the common goal of increasing student achievement and well-being especially within the high-risk community. She is always learning new teaching concepts and tools to bring to the classrooms at MHK to align with state and Head Start Standards. Her educational philosophy is based on her uncompromising belief that all students can learn if given a positive learning environment, strong and knowledgeable leadership, a committed and focused educational team, an encouraging community, and a supportive family. All of which are highlights of Mile High Kids and Community. Ms. Savage has received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Norfolk State University in December of 2014. She returned to school at Liberty University to get her Master’s in Supervision in Administration and is currently still enrolled.

Transportation and Facilities Coordinator

Irvin L. Brown

Mr. Irvin Brown has lived in Portsmouth his entire life. He started working in facilities at the age of 22 where he managed his own business. He has worked in facilities about 40 years and Transportation for 4 years. Mr. Brown retired from Portsmouth Public schools after 20 years and assumed the position with Mile High Kids as Transportation and Facilities Coordinator in 2018.

Data and Program Quality Coordinator

Sherri C. Farrow

Sherri Farrow is a life-long learner. She started as a public school educator in the year 2001 and continued for 21 years. Sherri brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Head Start Program. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree from Norfolk State University in Interdisciplinary Studies/Early Childhood Education, Sherri has taught grades Pre-k through 2. She has also been a lead teacher, grade level chair, served as a mentor, and as cooperating teacher to Norfolk State University and Old Dominion University student teachers. Sherri received a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction/Leadership from Concordia University. Throughout her career, Sherri has been named Teacher of the Year for Churchland Preschool Center and Educator of the Year for ACHI Magazine. She is a current member of Alpha Delta Kappa International Sorority for Women Educators. Sherri is currently working as the Data and Program Quality Coordinator for Mile High Kids and Community Development, Inc. Sherri’s philosophy is that every child can learn given the proper instruction..

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2712 Southern Blvd. Suite 201
VA Beach, VA 23452