The votes are counted and our Story of the Month winner is Deb Robinson! The infant teacher at KinderCare Learning Center in Shoreview, Minn., goes above and beyond in building great relationships with her families. Share Deb’s card with your teams to inspire the way they live out our Service Values every day! Read more about Deb and how she creates a family feel below!
Deb Robinson calls Shoreview KinderCare her second home – so it’s no wonder she goes above and beyond to make all families feel at home while they’re at the center, too. The infant teacher and Story of the Month winner builds great relationships with families by putting their needs first.
“A new family came in that wasn’t even in her classroom and mentioned to Deb that they were moving and didn’t have anyone to help,” said Center Director Kimberly Baar. “Right away, Deb started calling and texting her own family behind the scenes.”
Though Deb’s family lives 45 minutes from the Shoreview center, her husband, son, and a friend all chipped in to help the new family on their moving day.
“It wasn’t just a simple act, this was an interruption to her personal life,” said Kimberly. “But she wanted to make sure that this new family felt welcome not only at the center, but in the community.”
According to Kimberly, Deb goes the extra mile for families whenever she can.
“She reaches all of the families in the center on a personal level,” Kimberly said. “Giving herself up so she can get to know them. She knows that if she shares something about herself, families can connect with her and the center.”
Deb has worked off-and-on at the Shoreview KinderCare in Shoreview, Minn. for over 20 years, taking breaks now and again to care for her own family. Her presence at the center makes it feel like home.
“I’ve become close friends with families at the center,” said Deb. “They always help us out when we’re sick or down, so why wouldn’t we help them?”
Deb’s selfless nature is an inspiration to Kimberly, the other teachers at her center, and to her district.
“Like all families, we have our similarities and our differences,” said Kimberly. “But Deb will sacrifice herself for the happiness and well-being of others. She’s constantly saying ‘I’m going to help you because I know you need help.’ It’s really important to her that everyone feels welcome at the center.”