Child Care Staff In-Service Helps Build Winning Teams

The Children’s Services Department at Blue River Services, Inc. held its semi-annual in-service to provide continuing education and training for staff December 19 at Lincoln Hills Church in Corydon. To improve outcomes for children and families and prepare staff to exceed agency goals and expectations, the meeting is mandatory -- but it’s also fun.

Ritch Hochstetler and Ben Rheinbeimer from uLEAD directed the group in several interactive challenges and learning opportunities designed to maximize team effectiveness. Topics included “Discovering Your True Colors,” “Overcoming Challenges,” and “Enhancing Leadership and Teambuilding Skills.”

The meetings also serve as a venue to recognize veteran staff for their commitment and achievements. At the December in-service, Christie Lemmon, Child Development Associate at Rainbow’s End in Georgetown, and Shannon Hunsucker, Afterschool Program Coordinator at Medora Elementary and Jr. High Schools, received Commitment to Excellent Awards.


As part of a team building exercise, Lenia Gomez, Child Care Aide, left, and Paula Weathers, Child Development Associate, discuss positive and negative traits that each personality group brings to the work environment.

In a group challenge aimed at demonstrating how difficult it is to multi-task are, from left, Linda Flock, toddler teacher; Debbie Glotzbach, Cook; Margaret Davis, Infant Teacher; and Sara Tomes, 2-year-old teacher, who attempt to grab the person’s thumb on their left, while not allowing the person to their right to grab theirs.

Kayla Stone, 21st Century Program Coordinator at Morgan Elementary, Ashley Williams, School-Age Child Care Coordinator at Morgan Elementary, and Angie Browning, 21st Century Extended Day Instructor at East Washington Elementary, share a playful moment at the December 19 in-service.

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