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SHERIDAN — First Light Children’s Center has named long-time educator William Maxwell as its executive director. Maxwell relocated to Sheridan from Nashville, Tenn., and started his position Monday.
Maxwell has been in the education field his entire life and has helped develop, build and operate children’s programs around the country. His career experience includes leadership roles at nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, up-start organizations, churches and in the private sector. He served as the Executive Director for the Riverton Chamber of Commerce and has also served as a foster parent and coached numerous youth sports teams.
“My wife is an educator, my mom was an educator and my brother’s an educator,” Maxwell said. “I’ve grown up around teachers my entire life and have seen the importance of a strong foundation for kids as they get into the school system and education system.”
My goal is to help First Light continue to grow and continue to serve Sheridan and the Sheridan Community in providing a great opportunity for kids to build that strong foundation in preparing for Kindergarten readiness.”
As executive director, Maxwell will implement the vision, mission and values set forth by the board of directors and strive for 100 percent kindergarten readiness in First Light Children’s Center graduates.
First Light uses a national curriculum called High Scope that involves children in planning and implementing their own education. It is a hands-on approach that Maxwell believes will help the center attain its goals.
First Light opened in January of 2012 in the SEEDA child care facility located at 366 East Brundage St. First Light offers early childhood education opportunities for children 0-6 years of age and after school enrichment for Kindergarten through 10 years on a year-round basis. First Light currently has 70 children enrolled.
“We’re excited to have William assume the leadership role at First Light,” Clint Langer, First Light board member, said. “William has demonstrated to us that he is an engaging leader whose skills will help our students and staff achieve their highest potential.”
Maxwell obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Dickinson State University and will complete his Master’s degree in organizational leadership from Crown College in December. Maxwell grew up in Deer Lodge, Mont. He and his wife, Shay, and their three school-aged children are glad to be back in Wyoming where they have family nearby.
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