We are thrilled to announce Leanne Badham, M. Ed. has joined the Harvest team as the new director of our preschool.
As we look forward to a relaunch of the preschool for the 2021-22 school year, we give thanks for all that God has done and will do in and through this important ministry.
Meet our New Director!
My name is Leanne Badham, and I grew up in Naples FL, went to high school in Atlanta GA, and began my college journey in Asheville NC. I was fortunate enough to spend a year living, working, and studying abroad in Poole, England in 2008 (which is where my family is from, and I spent my summers growing up). While there I attended university and studied curriculum development and social-emotional development in young children. It was a wonderful experience, and I enjoyed the opportunity immensely.
I obtained my A.A. in Child Development and earned my Advanced Director’s Credential in 2011 and have been in the field of Early Childhood Education since 2001. While I attended high school, I completed a partnership program with the junior college and received my A.S. in Business Administration the same day that I graduated from high school. I completed my bachelor’s degree in 2012, and completed my master’s degree in education, emphasizing Christian Education and Leadership, in the spring of 2014. I am currently enrolled in a Doctoral program to receive my Doctorate in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology. I am a proud member of Kappa Delta Pi, Alpha Epsilon Gamma Chapter, as well a Phi Lambda Theta.
I absolutely love working with other educators and have been a certified trainer for the Office of Early Learning, The Early Coalition, and Department of Health since 2015. Collaborating, coaching and mentoring educators has become one of my biggest passions.
I have had the privilege of teaching in public and private schools, working with children and youth of all ages from birth to high school. As Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”.
I believe that education is a lifelong journey, that begins during the earliest stages of life. With each new experience, we learn and grow as individuals. I have seen firsthand the importance of early childhood development, and the role that a positive learning environment plays in the growth of children. My personal philosophy centers on a holistic approach to education, focusing on the “whole” child. Access to quality care and education should be available to all children in all communities.
My faith is also a large part of my life, and has helped to shape who I am. I grew up attending youth groups and camps and volunteering as soon as I was old enough. My previous ministry included leading Sunday School programs, VBS, and weekday Bible School. I sincerely look forward to not just joining the Harvest team, but also the Harvest church family and congregation.
In my free time, I enjoy going to the movies, being outdoors, writing, traveling, ANYTHING Disney, and volunteering my time (my other greatest passion). I am also an avid reader and can usually be found wondering a book shop when I am not at work!
If you are interested in learning more about Harvest's Preschool, please complete the interest form below so that we can be in touch with you once we have details on registration for the 2021/2022 school year!
Harvest has invested in the next generation of children in Manatee and Sarasota Counties for 13 years. Offering high-quality education for the whole child, Sprouts Child Development Center nurtured a generation. At Sprouts Child Development Center, little ones grew in faith, education, and friendship.
We are excited and preparing to relaunch the preschool with an expanded vision to meet the needs of the next generation of families. We look forward to welcoming your family this fall.