Have you met our new director?

Kathy BanksKathy Banks is the newest Director of Smart Beginnings, starting May 2, 2016. Kathy has been working as an Early Care and Education professional since 1988.

Moving from Fairfax County Virginia, Kathy has lived and worked in South Hampton Roads, Central Virginia, and Northern Virginia. She is excited about adding the Shenandoah Valley to her list of homes in Virginia. Kathy has a Masters of Education Teaching and Learning from Liberty University. She has worked as a quality rater with the Virginia Star Quality Initiative and has worked as a center director, directed child care resource and referral, directed summer day camps and taught in a classroom with children from 6 weeks through 18 years of age. Kathy also has a strong background in grant writing, and has worked with the Community Service Board and other nonprofits to obtain a wide variety of funding to enhance the quality of work done with children and families. Kathy is a strong advocate for children throughout the state and national government, and believes by empowering families, we can help build a foundation for a productive life for all children. Kathy has two teenage sons: CJ and Mike.