After 20 years of offering early childhood education and school readiness to children in Laguna Beach, Terry Anne Barman, the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach’s Early Childhood and Family Services Director, is retiring. Her colleagues, as well as students and their families will host a Preschool Graduation and Reunion celebration to honor her years of service.
“I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to work alongside and learn from Terry Anne. It is a truly special gift to see firsthand her altruistic dedication to helping children attain the foundational assets that will help them thrive throughout their lives,” said Pam Estes, the club’s executive director. “Keeping that desire at the forefront of everything she does, Terry Anne demonstrates the meaning of integrity and compassion every day at the Boys & Girls Club.”
Barman created the Boys & Girls Club Preschool program to provide children a school readiness experience and a social network for parents of young children. Focusing on the underserved Spanish speaking population in Laguna Beach, she’s been a catalyst to bringing numerous programs to Laguna Beach and was also instrumental in developing the partnership with La Playa, a local agency that offers free ESL classes to Preschool parents onsite at the Boys & Girls Club.
“Terry Anne has been a great advocate for the Laguna Beach children, schools and parents,” said Javier Diaz, the community liaison for the local school district, who works closely with Barman. “Her commitment to work across demographics of race, class and gender is a testament to her wonderful heart.. She will be truly missed.”
“What I do, I am doing out of love and passion so I guess that makes a difference,” said Barman. “When I look at how bright and beautiful the children are, I am so happy for them. If I had a small piece in helping them become who they are now, then my life has been worthwhile.”
Barman plans to stay connected to the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach as Chief Grant Writer and Early Childhood consultant.