For today’s FRIENDS Friday, I am delighted to honor a longtime leader of the Little Sprouts family. Director of Education, Kathy Hughes, who has served in critical roles throughout the Education team for the past 11 years, is retiring. Please join me in congratulating Kathy and wishing her well on her journey ahead.
But, before she goes, I want to acknowledge one last time the extent to which she absolutely personifies our FRIENDS values. Naturally, the first and foremost thought that comes to mind when reflecting on Kathy’s contributions to Little Sprouts is our Not Daycare value. As much as anyone in our organization, Kathy is an educator… and so much more.
Kathy has also bestowed lasting impressions on each of us through her creation of the Every Family Every Day initiative, which of course led to our Every Child Every Day value.
Always a student and lifelong learner, Kathy has been at the forefront of creating our Budding Scholars approach. Innovating Always, anyone?!?
And, last but certainly not least, Kathy embodies our Family First value. Kathy has always ensured that we keep this top priority value top of mind and she feels it at her core. In fact, she just said to me the other day, “This is what you do when you are family, Mark.” These are the kinds of experiences with Kathy that I will treasure always.
While she is ready to step back from full-time employment, the field of early education is fortunate that she intends to continue to consult on a part-time basis.
Thanks, Kathy, for personifying our values and our most heartfelt best wishes for a wonderful retirement!