This month, we’re shining the spotlight on someone who generally likes to stay behind-the-scenes. Hired 8 years ago on March 29, Cheryl Dean joined the High Hopes team with an enthusiasm that has yet to abate. Cheryl has taken on a variety of roles here at High Hopes, but the role she currently occupies is that of Director of Development & Marketing. We managed to snatch a few moments with this often on-the-go director, and we asked her to share about her job, her story, and herself. Let’s get to know Cheryl!
You know that famous question you ask yourself everyday... What am I going to pack my kiddos for lunch today? Let’s talk about it! It doesn’t have to be a struggle to pack your child’s lunch. Making a healthy lunch can be made quick and simple. YOU can make a healthy, nutritious lunch your growing child loves by simply educating yourself and knowing basic nutrition. Being prepared is half the battle!
Contemplate these words for a moment: HEAD LICE. Bet your head is itching already. You can almost feel them crawling through your hair just at the very mention of them. But be strong! We’ll get through this post together, and it’s important that we get through this post. Because the fact of the matter is, these bothersome little bugs are likely to affect us all at one point or another. The more we know about them and the myths surrounding them, the more we can do to prevent their spread. So let’s go on an itchy journey together to learn about this little insect: the head louse!
Let’s get to know the director of our High Hopes Pediatric Therapy Clinic: Kristin Garner. Kristin has served on the High Hopes Board of Directors and as our Clinic Director for more than 13 years, in addition to being the proud parent of three High Hopes alumni. She lives in Franklin with her husband Todd, their three children (eldest son Carson, and younger daughters Dylann and Emmy), and their “little white fluffball” of a dog (Ozzy). We sat down with Kristin to learn about the journey she took to get here, the role she plays in our organization, and the adventures of her life outside these walls.
This is what we learned.
Over 33 years ago, five families and one speech therapist got together and conceived an environment that would be equipped to provide complete education and daily care for children of all levels of abilities and needs. A place where children with special needs could attend preschool in a classroom alongside their typically-developing peers, and also receive their necessary therapies. With nothing but that basic model in mind, High Hopes was born. As it turned out, the special model forged by those five founding families met a need that went far beyond their own. Today, having pulled through some tough times and enjoyed some prosperous ones too, High Hopes is now the strongest it’s ever been. Learn more about our unique model and our mission...
We’d like to take a minute to get to know our Executive Director here at High Hopes, Gail Powell! We sat down with Gail to pick her brain about herself, her job, and her involvement with High Hopes.
Gail has been with High Hopes for several years. She lives in Franklin with her husband Ben, and together they have three children: two sons Cary and Cayce, and one daughter Kimberly. With 9 grandchildren to boot, they have a large family. Gail loves it, she says. “It’s a lot of fun.”
Gail and Ben are active in their church, where Gail served on the preschool board for about ten years, and both have really grown roots in the Franklin community.
Gail is originally from Amarillo, Texas. She studied near her hometown, and lived and worked there for many years. Then one day...