April 2017 Editor’s Notes

Happy Easter! It’s time to celebrate that Jesus is alive! He went away, but He came back! Yay, Jesus!

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Behind the Scenes

As a teenager and young adult, I participated in Community Theater. I was fortunate to have some plum roles – Hodel in “Fiddler on the Roof;” Tuptim in “The King and I:” and even got to play Cinderella!  It was fun being on stage with bright lights and special effects happening all around me, but what was happening behind the scenes was just as important as what happened on stage.

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The 5 Reasons Why I Attend The Orange Conference

It’s a non-negotiable for me. I have to attend The Orange Conference every year. I put it on the calendar and excitedly await its arrival. Anyone who works with the next generation needs to experienceThe Orange Conference.

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Reactivating Small Group Leaders to Lead Small

The start of the year is a great time to reactive not only yourself but your small group leaders. Reminding your entire preschool team of the value of leading small and how that’s possible in the context of your preschool environments will help to ensure you’re all on the same page as you invest in the lives of preschoolers.

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#OC17 Breakouts Now Available

It’s time! It’s time!

Orange Conference breakouts are now available. Jump on over The Orange Conference website and click around.

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Kathy HillKathy Hill

Kathy lives outside of Atlanta with her awesome hubby, David, and drama daughter, Maggie....

First Look BlogFirst Look Blog

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Barbara GravesBarbara Graves

Barbara is a highly caffeinated lover of God, kids, coffee and laughing. She and her husb...

Deb SpringerDeb Springer

Deb lives in the Atlanta area and is the proud mom of a very tall basketball player and wif...

Kathy WhiteKathy White

Kathy is wife to Lee, mom to Andrew, Joel & Benjamin, mother-in-law to Mary Kate and Kitt...

Karen AppleKaren Apple

Karen Apple is a former children’s minister who started two weekday preschools in Charlo...

Kelly StockdaleKelly Stockdale

Kelly is a preschool director turned family director who’s currently serving at Grace ...

Brittany ComptonBrittany Compton

Brittany Compton Robertson is the Director of Preschool Strategy at Orange and lives outsid...

Sue MillerSue Miller

Sue is a coach, leader, speaker and author with a passion for bringing out the bes...

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