Roberta “Berdie” Toineeta has been employed with Qualla Boundary Head Start for the past 33 years and has dedicated her career to serving children and families. She officially retired from the EBCI and Cherokee Tribal Childcare Services on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012.
Toineeta graduated from Western Carolina University with an associate’s degree in Advanced/Basic Family Services and a bachelor’s degree in Social Work. She began her career as a teacher assistant and has served as a classroom teacher, center supervisor and her last position within the program as Family Support Coordinator.
Toineeta is the companion to Mose Ortega of 30 years and the mother of Dion Toineeta. She has three grandchildren Kobe Toineeta, Dante Toineeta and Danasia Toineeta. She loves all kinds of sports and enjoys spending time with her family.
“Berdie has been and inspirational aspect to the Qualla Boundary Head Start staff, children and families wish Birdie the best of luck on her retirement and new job at Cherokee Tribal Child Support as the new TANF officer,” Tribal Childcare officials related.
– Pat Swayney, Cherokee Tribal Childcare Services literacy coordinator