Childhood … what is it good for?

Join Katy Smith, Parent Educator from Winona and the 2011 Minnesota Teacher of the Year, in a lively conversation about childhood and what kids need from it during a special event in Waconia on May 2.
Smith is a licensed parent educator with two undergraduate degrees in social work and parent education from Winona State University.  She has a master’s degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse and she is currently pursuing a masters degree in Early Childhood Public Policy and Advocacy from Walden University. Smith is the 2011 Minnesota Teacher of the Year, the first early childhood educator and parent educator to be honored with the award.
Smith is passionate about creating champions for childhood with the adults who care about kids, whether they are parents, providers, teachers or community members. Important life skills are wired in those first years of life.
Today’s culture of childhood has taken a sharp turn from teaching kids those life skills.
Smith is a storyteller and a community educator who will inspire us to reclaim those skills on behalf of children. You will leave armed with plenty of food for thought and new skills. This will be a fun and entertaining evening of hopeful conversation.
The free event will be held at the auditorium at Waconia High School from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 2. For planning purposes, register online at (go to Online Registration) or by phone at (952) 442-0613. CEUs available.