Katy Smith
Katy Smith
The Chatfield ECFE is presenting a special class with Katy Smith, an ECFE parent educator in Winona, on Thursday, March 6, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The class, "A Community Conversation about Childhood," will take place at the Chatfield Elementary School and one may enter at Entrance 12.

Fee for the class is $5. Register by Feb. 27 by sending one's name, address, email and phone number, along with the fee, to Community Education, 205 Union Street, Chatfield, MN 55923.

Join Smith for a lively conversation about childhood and what kids need from it. Smith is passionate about creating champions for childhood in the adults who care about kids, whether they are parents, providers, teachers or community members. Important life skills are wired in those first years of life. Today's culture of childhood has taken a sharp turn from teaching kids those life skills.

Smith is a storyteller and a community educator who will inspire individuals to reclaim those skills on behalf of children. One will leave the event armed with plenty of food for thought, and new skills. This will be a fun, entertaining evening of hopeful conversation.

Smith is a licensed parent educator with two undergraduate degrees in social work and parent education from Winona State University. She has a master's degree in education from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse and she is currently pursuing a master's degree in Early Childhood Public Policy and Advocacy from Walden University.

Smith lives and teaches in Winona with her husband. They have three grown daughters. Smith is the 2011 Minnesota Teacher of the Year, the first early childhood educator and parent educator to be honored with the award.