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FIRST LEGO League supports compassion and life-long learning skills

2021-10-26T16:04:51-05:00

Christoph and his wife Angie first joined the FIRST LEGO League community when their two sons were in kindergarten and second grade at Eugene Field Elementary. They started a team with students who already knew one another. After discovering a learning disability, Christoph and Angie’s sons took a year break from participating in the program, ultimately rejoining FIRST LEGO League a year later.   “FIRST LEGO Leagues’ easy integration with standard sports or other school-based social activities, we found an outlet and a home in FIRST through EmBe,” Christoph states. “Our kids could express themselves and gain long-term social skills as well as [...]

FIRST LEGO League supports compassion and life-long learning skills2021-10-26T16:04:51-05:00

Staff Highlight: Rebekah Warmbrand, Lead Teacher 5B

2021-10-20T09:41:12-05:00

At EmBe, we are proud to serve the community by providing quality educational opportunities to inspire children to be confident, independent thinkers. Without our amazing team of teachers, this wouldn’t be possible. Our teachers help provide a safe and fun environment to facilitate the growth and development of children in our community. Teachers like Rebekah Warmbrand, 5B Lead Teacher at EmBe South, are the heart and soul of our organization. Rebekah’s responsibilities involve caring for a classroom of 4- and 5-year-olds. She also completes lesson plans and prep each week and works closely with her assistant teachers and other staff [...]

Staff Highlight: Rebekah Warmbrand, Lead Teacher 5B2021-10-20T09:41:12-05:00

The CEO Column: August 2021

2021-08-24T11:48:31-05:00

The CEO Column: August 2021 CEO Kerri Tietgen reflects on how this year has prepared all of us for life's curveballs and the resiliency of our community. Have you ever considered the illustrious ‘the perfect plan?’ What plans did you have for this summer? What plans do you have for the rest of the year? As we close our summer and transition into fall schedules, back to school activities and a new season, I’m reflecting on our ‘perfect plans’ and the many lessons learned over the last couple of years. As the plan for back to school rolls out and [...]

The CEO Column: August 20212021-08-24T11:48:31-05:00

EmBe Announces 2021 Women’s Leadership Program Cohort

2021-08-20T14:13:57-05:00

In preparation for its tenth cohort, EmBe has accepted 28 participants for the Women’s Leadership Program. Beginning in September, these women embark on a 17-month program with the intent to develop and deliver on a personal development program. Informational sessions, exercise and assessments, a retreat, and a broad range of presenters and panels are all part of the course which is updated annually. In addition to developing a robust personal network with classmates, presenters and mentors, the group benefits from exposure to time-tested tools and techniques that combine insight, introspection and goal setting. “The first section focuses on exploration and [...]

EmBe Announces 2021 Women’s Leadership Program Cohort2021-08-20T14:13:57-05:00

EmBe is Accepting Applications for 2021 Women’s Leadership Class

2021-05-04T11:36:06-05:00

(Sioux Falls, SD - May 5, 2021) – EmBe is currently accepting participant applications for the 2021 EmBe Women's Leadership Program. Designed by leaders in the community, the leadership program helps empower women to reach their greatest potential. Since its inception in 2011, over 250 women have completed the program. Women in any career field can benefit from this intensive course, which combines a strong personal development focus along with valuable professional development experiences.  Participants will also gain the opportunity to create important personal and professional relationships with other future leaders, mentors and facilitators for lifetime support. "I now have [...]

EmBe is Accepting Applications for 2021 Women’s Leadership Class2021-05-04T11:36:06-05:00

The CEO Column: April 2021

2021-04-23T14:36:23-05:00

(Sioux Falls, SD, April 23, 2021) - Empowering you to be…. Not surprisingly, these words keep running through my mind like a cadence, a mantra and a challenge since joining EmBe. That, in conjunction with a recent Slack post asking, “when what would your occupation be if you followed your childhood dreams,” has me reflecting. When I was a child, I didn’t have the same aspirations as most kids did… well, beyond wanting to be a Solid Gold Dancer, I wanted to grow up to be my dad. He was the Adult and Community Education Director in my hometown. Yep [...]

The CEO Column: April 20212021-04-23T14:36:23-05:00

Alex Helvin: South Childcare Site Manager

2021-04-16T15:25:29-05:00

We are so excited to highlight and welcome Alex Helvin, our new South Childcare Site Manager, to the EmBe team. As the Childcare Site Manager, Alex provides daily management to the childcare site, leadership, supervision and development of childcare staff, along with parent communications and admissions. Alex is certainly not "new" in the sense of joining EmBe's team. Helvin started at EmBe when she was young and grew up within the company. "I have learned and developed both personally and professionally through my experiences with EmBe," Helvin started. "A lot of the foundational skills stem from what I built with [...]

Alex Helvin: South Childcare Site Manager2021-04-16T15:25:29-05:00

EmBe Announces 2021 Tribute to Women Winners

2021-04-15T19:46:00-05:00

(Thursday, April 15, 2021 - Sioux Falls) Eight honorees were selected from nearly fifty nominations on April 15 for EmBe’s 48th Tribute to Women awards. The event was held virtually on EmBe’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Tribute to Women is the longest-standing award honoring the achievements of women in the region. “Tribute lifts the good work being done in the community,” said Jennifer Smith Hoesing, EmBe’s Chief Development Officer. “It has never been more important to shine a light on the people who work to make our community strong and resilient.” Firmly rooted in its foundation as the YWCA’s Leadership [...]

EmBe Announces 2021 Tribute to Women Winners2021-04-15T19:46:00-05:00

EmBe Announces 2021 Tribute to Women Nominees

2021-03-29T11:32:57-05:00

(Sioux Falls, March 29, 2021) – Forty-nine women and men have been nominated for EmBe’s 48th Tribute to Women awards. Tribute to Women is the longest-standing award honoring the achievements of women in the region. “Tribute to Women celebrates the work people do to empower our community. For 48 years, Tribute has honored those actively transform our community, making it thrive. Especially after this past year, it’s a great way to come together and celebrate the accomplishments of these outstanding nominees,” said Kerri Tietgen, EmBe CEO. The honorees were nominated in one of the following categories: Business Achievement, Community Service, [...]

EmBe Announces 2021 Tribute to Women Nominees2021-03-29T11:32:57-05:00

Shelby Norgaard: Curriculum & Staff Development Coordinator

2021-03-25T16:36:29-05:00

Shelby Norgaard is the Curriculum and Staff Development Coordinator in our Childcare & School Age Care department. Shelby is the backbone of the department by helping train staff, support the Site Managers and Teachers in any way she can to ensure they have what they need to carry out lesson plans and ensuring teachers and children are safe. "There is nothing like walking into a classroom and having children shout out my name," Shelby stated. "Hugs and fist pumps are the highlights of my day. It is always an adventure to figure out a way to sit ten children on [...]

Shelby Norgaard: Curriculum & Staff Development Coordinator2021-03-25T16:36:29-05:00

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