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Seeds of Change at Seeds of Learning

Lynne Bridges, executive director at Seeds of Learning Early Care and Education Center is pleased to announce the election of new board officers and directors for 2011. At the annual meeting of the board held on Jan. 29, the following individuals were elected: Susan Sheehy Thorpe, president; Gregg Mayo, vice president; Mike Beckel, treasurer; and Pam Barsanti, director. “I look forward to working with such wonderfully dedicated people from our community,” says Bridges.

Thorpe has 40 years of experience as an early childhood education specialist that includes management positions with non-profit organizations serving children and families, as well as teaching at the college and university level. Thorpe has also served on numerous nonprofit boards, most recently the Advisory Board for Headstart, Southwest Region. She previously served on the Seeds of Learning Board and was president during the capital development campaign for the current Seeds of Learning facility.

Mayo brings over 40 years of construction experience to the board, along with public relations, fund-raising and leadership skills. He has lived in Pagosa Springs since 2002. As vice president, Mayo looks forward to learning all he can about Seeds of Learning. Mayo and his wife, Mary Kay, are excited to have their grandson enrolled in the program.

Beckel is a newcomer to Pagosa Springs. He has a degree in accounting and is an owner in the Wilson, Rea and Beckel and Associates accounting firm. As treasurer, Beckel brings over 20 years of both audit and tax disciplines experience to the board.

Barsanti’s masters degree in early childhood education fits right in at Seeds of Learning. She has years of experience teaching preschool and kindergarten. Her experience in education and public relations is a definite asset to the Seeds of Learning program. Barsanti has lived in Pagosa Springs since 1985.

Michelle Carroll, Seeds of Learning’s program director, has been nominated for the Buell Early Childhood Leadership program. If chosen and upon completion of this program, Carroll will receive a M.A. graduate certificate in early care and education leadership from the University of Denver.

Seeds of Learning is looking forward to an exciting year. “With the opening of the pre-k classroom and being almost to the end of the accreditation process, wonderful things have been happening. Lots of parent involvement has helped both processes. Parents helped set up the new classroom, along with taking projects home. We couldn’t have done it without them,” says Bridges.

Nacona Martinez is the new Parent Advisory Board chairman and has lots of plans to include the parents even more in their child’s education. The Parent Advisory Board has also partnered with the Little Black Dress fund-raising committee to insure it’s another smash fund-raising event for Seeds.

The board and staff at Seeds of Learning invite you to “A Little Black Dress Affair,” an elegant evening of fashion and fun for women. This “Affair” will be held Saturday, March 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the community center. Ladies attending will enjoy a fashion show presented by Goodman’s Department Store and adorable dresses for little girls by Little Weedz. Delectable appetizers and desserts prepared by the Alley House Grille will be served, with entertainment provided by Mary McKeehan, as well as a silent auction and drawing for “girly” gifts. In her usual generous style, Lynne Killey from Queen Bee Pagosa has some nice surprises ready for you as you sit down at your table that evening.

For the guys, Pagosa Brewing Company will be hosting a “man cave” party during the event. The guys will enjoy fun provided by Tony Simmons, as well as prizes and gift certificates. A portion of the proceeds for the guy’s event will be donated to Seeds of Learning.

Tickets for “A Little Black Dress Affair — The Animal Within” can be purchased at Seeds of Learning, Switchback Mountain Wear and Goodman’s. Single tickets are $40. Get a group of girlfriends together for a table of ten. Tickets are not necessary for the guy’s event.

Any questions about the event or the program at Seeds of Learning can be answered by Bridges at 264-5513.

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