Who is Rebecca?
Rebecca Smith-Andoh was the beloved mother of Cheryl Jordan and Eric Sherman. Cheryl Jordan, Founder and Director of Rebecca’s House Foundation was inspired by her mother Rebecca. Rebecca Smith-Andoh lived most of her life in roles that served to improve the life of others and missionary work through her church. Her leadership roles in her profession and various community and service organizations focused largely on providing access and opportunities for young people so to enrich their education and personal growth.
Rebecca was one of the founding members of the District 203 Diversity Committee. In 2003 she became a member of the School Policy and Standards Committee which was formed in response to the Illinois Children’s Mental Health Act. Her work with this committee included collaboration with the Illinois State Board of Education to write the Social Emotional Learning Standards. She was also a member of the Cultural Competence Committee that was charged with seeing that families and children have access to quality, coordinated, and culturally competent systems of care.
Rebecca proudly served her community, church and her profession as a social worker. She was a professional vocalist and was featured in concerts at the Lincoln Center and Davis Hall in New York. She performed with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the Apollo Chorus of Chicago and the University of Chicago Chorus.
As a member of the DuPage AME Church she was the founder and producer of the “Celebration of Talents” an annual concert fund-raiser that benefit the church’s scholarship program. The “Celebration of Talents” was renamed “Rebecca Smith-Andoh Celebration of Talents” in 2007 by the pastor and church Board of Directors.
On May 6, 2008 the Naperville Illinois School district 203, held the first annual “Rebecca Smith-Andoh Memorial Award”. This award was named in her honor to recognize her words, ideas, and actions through the actions of others. The purpose of the award is to inspire staff to look more carefully at teaching tolerance and acceptance of everyone, with true belief, within their school communities.
Rebecca was recognized as a “Torchlighter” in the Missionary Society of the African Methodist Episcopal Church acknowledging over 25 years of dedicated service.
Rebecca’s legacy and spirit lives on through the work and mission of Rebecca’s House Foundation.