Doris Hood is a native New Yorker and most lovingly known as “Hoodie”, she is the mother of nine (9) children, children that she gave birth to that is, but she is the mother to many, many more. Despite having a house full of children, her door was always open to all of the neighborhood children as well. This was evidenced one day when a community mother was looking for her child, a friend of one of her children, came to her home looking for her son. The mother was told that her child was not there. Little did Hoodie know that the child had in fact snuck into the house and was hiding in the basement not wanting to go home, mainly due to that child feeling safe, engaged and nurtured in the past by Hoodie.
In raising her children, she was tireless in ensuring that each one of them attended school daily, and to ensure they were in school, she would conduct surprise visits so it was not unusual to look up and see her peeking intothe classroom. She attended every parent teacher conference of every child through high school. Her children would make something of themselves. And they have – college graduates, entrepreneurs, business owners, teachers, preachers, business professionals.
Hoodie just loves children and believes that every child can achieve. In working for the NYC Department of Education for over 40 years, every child became her cause. She worked in high schools and had a meaningful relationship with many children, not just while they were in high school, but several of them still keep in touch with her to this day. They write to her from points across the country, keeping her informed of their lives, send pictures of their children, and call from time to time and when theyare in New York, it is essential that they stop by to see her. She also hears from them while they are engaged in military service. It is not unusual for someone to stop her in the mall and say, “Hi, I remember you from high school.”