Sherry Baber considers it a privilege to be a component of early childhood initiatives in Owensboro, the region and throughout the commonwealth.
Baber, coordinator of preschool for Owensboro Public Colleges at Hager Preschool, is retiring right after 43 several years in training — 25 with city educational institutions.
She began her job as a baby enhancement trainer at the Daviess County Vocational School, which is now Owensboro Local community & Technological Faculty. From there she worked in Henderson as an administrator at a career and tech college.
She came to OPS in the summer time of 1997 as the director of food assistance. Coincidentally, that was the identical 12 months Hager Preschool opened, and Baber dealt with the food stuff support at the opening reception.
“So when I came to Hager in 2002, I kind of went comprehensive circle,” she stated.
In the course of her profession, Baber has served on many nationwide and statewide committees for vocation and tech and early-childhood education and learning. She has traveled the region symbolizing Kentucky at various national conferences by way of distinctive corporations.
She feels blessed to have had a amazing career, she explained.
She has loved all of the employment and roles she has labored in the instruction area. Nevertheless, she does consider her time at Hager the “true highlight” of her career.
“Working with the personnel, college students and their family members in this local community has been a excellent practical experience,” she reported.
She claimed it has been an honor and a privilege to in particular function on early-childhood initiatives in the area, most modern of which is the operate the Prichard Committee and the Public Daily life Foundation are executing in Daviess County.
Baber mentioned she has worked with these companies for numerous several years, and they have been advocates for her, Hager Preschool and the young children and households the faculty serves.
“I just experience extremely fortunate and blessed,” she mentioned.
She isn’t guaranteed what the long run retains, but stated she initial strategies to do some touring with her husband. She isn’t a “sit at home” kind of man or woman, so she anticipates being fast paced.
Matthew Constant, OPS superintendent, claimed Baber’s extended tenure in instruction is a testament to her passion that each individual boy or girl has worthy of and can be successful.
Baber has tested that, Regular claimed, by means of her lots of hats worn about her four many years of provider to training.
“She’s completed almost everything from teacher to meals provider to job specialized education to personnel to preschool,” Constant stated. “As she has labored the final 20 several years or so in preschool, Sherry has been regarded as the regional and point out expert on how preschools operate.”
He said Hager has served as a model across the state for peer college districts.
“I cannot wait to see how Sherry’s next chapter will unfold,” he claimed.
Bobbie Hayse, [email protected], 270-691-7315