We have been honoring employees for their 5, 10, and 15 years of service to the YWCA. We’re featuring those employees on this blog by department. Today we’ll celebrate some of our dynamic School Age staff.
Jakia Baird – 5 Years of Service
Jakia is dependable! Her attendance is exceptional for a young person. She is committed to bettering herself as a person and is now excited about taking college level courses. Her rapport with parents is exceptional. Empowering is what I see her do everyday in her interaction with parents. We are excited at the growth we’ve seen in Jakia as a co-worker and a person.
Nancy Robinson – 5 Years of Service
Ms. Nancy brings the grandmotherly love to the staff, parents, and children. Everyone loves Ms. Nancy’s creativity and caring for us all. She is the one who will bake apple and lemon bread, squash casseroles…eggplant parmesan. She recognizes everyone’s birthdays and all special occasions. She adds that extra touch of love to a sometimes hard day. Empowering is what she does for EVERYONE she meets. She is no stranger.
Josephine English – 10 Years of Service
Ms. E is small in stature but carries a lot of spunk. She may speak what is on her mind, and when you really learn who she is you will find that she has a heart of gold. Children who may have the most difficulty connecting with others socially always find a connection with Ms. E. She is loved by the staff and is often teased as being the “fiery red-head.” Ms. E has taken over the care of the School Age garden, the children love it and it looks better than ever.
CiCi Weston – 10 Years of Service
CiCi was born to teach. It’s in her blood and in her heart. As the YWCA opened its newly expanded After School and Summer Camp 10 years ago, CiCi was here to make it a program that did much, much more than simply babysit children. Her focus was on education and enrichment for up to 150 children each year, and the by providing motivation and time for homework every day, the After School program helps children succeed in school. From dance to drama to drumming; from poetry to pottery to paper-making, from digging in the garden to digging into science and books, under CiCi’s leadership and vision, the YWCA School Age counselors bring the world to their children and take their children out into the world.