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Saying Goodbye to 2 Legends

It’s always a mixed bag of emotions when we have to say goodbye to wonderful staff-members and friends. However we have been fortunate to have numerous teachers and staff commit their life’s work to Foothill Christian and build relationships with us over many years. It is with great appreciation that we send off two Foothill legends into retirement… Mrs. Linda Lowell and Mrs. Barbara Harmon.

Linda Lowell and former student, Sophia Quintana.

Linda Lowell

When interviewing applicants for a position within your organization, some applicants impress you enough to hire and you have high hopes that things will work out. However, occasionally, you hire someone who fits so well that they become culture shapers and organizational legends. Our child care director, Linda Lowell has been that rare hire for Foothill Christian School.

Here’s the “back story” to Linda’s hiring. Twenty-nine years ago (yes, you read that right), the school was looking to hire a new child care director. I was at a church prayer meeting and asked for prayer to find the right person for the job. That same night, at that same prayer meeting, Linda Lowell shared her desire to work at a Christian ministry. We had a brief conversation and soon thereafter Linda was hired. That was nearly three decades ago!

Linda stepped into the position and the rest is “history” as they say. She accepted the responsibility of caring for children and made sure the child care and summer camp programs were fun places for the kids.

Linda has also been like a mom (or a counselor) to the parents. She offered advice and extended encouragement to parents which helped many families through some difficult times. She has provided tremendous leadership to her staff and has built an amazing team! What an incredible gift she has been to the entire Foothill Christian School community.

Linda is now looking forward to the retirement season of her life. And no one deserves it more!

– Mr. G

Mrs. Barbara with current 7th grader, Dylan Chavez.

Barbara Harmon

Barbara Harmon is retiring as the Director of the Foothill Christian Preschool Half-Day Program on August 30, 2019. Barbara was the inaugural director of our half day program that started 15 years ago with only 8 students! Under her leadership the program has grown to its 90+ capacity. In all, Barbara has worked with young children for over 40 years.

We will all truly miss her, but she is looking forward to traveling and spending more time with her grandchildren. Her greatest joy was interacting with the parents and children, listening to their conversations and shared laughter. She loved the innocence and wonder of children as they would learn, explore and grow at Foothill. She loved to comment that there are not many jobs where you can go to work everyday and play!

We will never forget Mrs. Barbara and she promises to visit often!

– Mrs. Vicky

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