By Danielle Lankford, Guadalupe School Communications Specialist
We at Guadalupe School are over-the-moon excited to announce that our very own In-Home Coordinator, Moira Rampton was recognized by the State Health Department’s Office of Home Visiting as the very first Early Childhood Provider of the Year! This comes just days after Guadalupe as a whole was also recognized with an award from the White House Initiative on Excellence in Hispanic Education. We don’t like to blow our own horn, but we do believe that these designations and awards are simply a reflection of the hard work our dedicated staff accomplishes every day, and they do deserve to be recognized for those efforts!
So, this week, I sat down with Moira for a chance to ask her to describe in her own words, what her award means for her career, the In-Home Program and our school.
1. What was your initial reaction to hearing your name called for this award at the Home Visiting Conference?
“Shock, I was totally surprised. I thought, who would nominate me?”
2. How long have you been working in the In-Home Program at Guadalupe School?
“Since February of 1992. Next February will be 24 years.”
3. What has been your favorite part of working here over the years?
“Working with the families, and building relationships with the families for sure. That is the key to all of our programs.”
4. What do you think makes our In-Home Program unique?
“We have a continuum in our program. We build on In-Home visits with all of our other programs. Other home visiting programs struggle with having that continuity, but in our program, families want to join because they want you continue in our school.”
5. What do you think is the value in home-visiting programs like ours?
“The impact we can have with babies on a child’s education will last them a lifetime.”
6. What response have you experienced from parents who participate in the In-Home program?
“Parents are very grateful to have a confidante, someone who builds their self-esteem and give them a high-five, and say ‘You’re really doing a great job!’ They are grateful to have someone to teach them new things. I think any of us, as parents, would like to have that support, but most of us don’t.”
Big thanks to Moira and her team of parent educators who go out every week, giving new parents the skills to be their child’s first teacher! They all deserve recognition for their efforts.