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Dear Winters families,

I finally retired after 35 years of teaching preschool in Winters. My entire years teaching is 47. Those who know me may not believe me. I am now a wife (to Herschell Whitley), a mother, grandmother and aunt. My husband and I will share our time living between Winters and on our live-aboard boat in the Napa Marina.

It is with great joy than I thank the parents, children and the Winters community members who have been so supportive all these years.

I started out as a childcare teacher in my home and was able to open my school on Main Street in 1999. It was First Adventures Preschool and Child Care Center, closed in May 2013. I followed two other preschools in Winters who came before me. They were Sue Tayler’s Preschool and The Karen Lynn Preschool (Karen Benson Neil). We all provided full daycare that was so needed in Winters.

Now Winters has The Tree House and The Clubhouse Preschool and Children’s Center, both operated by Janet Andersen and Cheryl Moore. Pioneer Church also has a full day school. It is called Little Pioneers Day Care Center.

Childcare is very important here because the size of our town is a great place to combine school and community events.

I feel fulfilled and blessed to have had the opportunity to be involved with children for so long.

I’d like to especially thank The Winters Express for voicing so many of my events. It’s so fun to follow my children even now as I get to see their progress in sports and personal accomplishments.

I graduated from Winters High School and my last grandchild is in kindergarten. What could be greater than that? I’ve gone through this school district as have my sons, Michael and Jared, and all three grandchildren, Cassidy, Aaron and Raina.

Winters now has so many childcare options and that’s great for our families. Keep it going teachers and caregivers. Winters needs you!

JUDY SEESE WHITLEY

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