By Toni Sherwood
Seeds of Learning
Seeds of Learning would like to extend our deepest gratitude to Executive Director Lynne Bridges, who has announced her retirement, effective Sept. 2.
For over 40 years, Bridges has devoted herself to elevating the education of Pagosa’s youngest scholars and now the time has come for her to return to her own roots and tend to the family farm as she moves back to Michigan after her retirement. She is especially looking forward to spending time each day with her mother. Seeds of Learning will be honoring Bridges in the upcoming months as she supports our transition into the next exciting phase.
Seeds had its humble beginnings in Pagosa’s Community United Methodist Church. By the time Bridges became the executive director in 2003, it was housed in the Mary Fisher Clinic. Bridges spearheaded a capital campaign to construct the current building on 7th Street and went on to evolve Seeds of Learning into the nationally accredited early care and education center it is today.
“I’m the blessed one,” Bridges said. “Working with this community is such an honor. Creating Seeds was a beautiful dream we all had, and I got to contribute to that.”
Throughout the years, dedicated board members have approached every aspect of running Seeds with care and forethought, and as such planned long in advance for this transition. The board anticipates overlap for Bridges to lend her expertise before hands change in September.
Board member Lisa Peters has served on the Seeds of Learning Board for four years, collaborating closely with Bridges.
“Pagosa Springs is very lucky to have had Lynne leading Early Childhood Education at Seeds for so long,” Peters said. “Lynne leaves big shoes to fill, but she leaves us with a gold standard center which is a big draw for top-notch replacement candidates.”
A committee headed by board member Lauri Heraty has begun the quest for an executive director who can guide Seeds of Learning into the future while maintaining the educational principles and high standards that Bridges established.
Watching Bridges work her magic, whether educating the public on the benefits of early childhood learning or juggling the demands of a busy center, it is evident her warm and encouraging presence has uplifted children and parents for generations.
The board is committed to offering the educational values Bridges established for generations to come.
“We knew this was coming and we are prepared,” Peters said.