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Student Recruitment and Community Engagement Executive Appointed

April 30, 2017 12:57 PM
Hopkins House announces the appointment of Ms. Lindsey Gates Groark as Assistant Vice President for student recruitment and community engagement. Ms. Groark will assume this newly created post on May 1.

"Hopkins House is expanding and we want to get the word out into the communities we serve about our highly effective programs for children, youth, and families," said Hopkins House president J. Glenn Hopkins.  "Lindsey is the perfect person for this job because she brings to Hopkins House a wealth of knowledge and experience in community partnerships, marketing, and program development." 
Her first task will be to help build the enrollment at Hopkins House's Innovative Preschool Academy, the organization's newest center.  The academy provides early care and education services to children (ages 6 weeks to 5 years old) year-round and full-day.  Opened in the fall of 2014, it is a state-of-the-art center housed on the first floor of an upscale office building off Herndon Parkway (200 Fairbrook Drive) in Herndon, Virginia. 
"What distinguishes Hopkins House is its commitment to excellence," said Groark.  "Its preschool educators are all highly educated and experienced, it uses a nationally recognized and tested curriculum, and its facilities are designed to encourage 'young scholars' to explore and develop their innate talents."
Demonstrating her point, Groark noted that the Innovative Preschool Academy distinguished itself in record time. It earned a Virginia Quality Improvement rating in 2015, just a year after it opened, and accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) a year later.  NAEYC accreditation is a distinction of excellence earned by fewer than 9% of preschools nationwide. 

Ms. Groark formerly worked as an education director and program analyst.  She is the mother of a Hopkins House preschool academy "young scholar" and a parent council vice president.  She has a Master's degree in Community Leadership from Westminster College, Utah.
"I am very excited to join the Hopkins House team and look forward to helping this historic nonprofit organization spread the news about its highly regarded programs for children, youth, and families," said Groark. "As the mother of a Hopkins House preschool young scholar, I know firsthand how impactful Hopkins House programs are and I want to share this news with as many people in the community as I can."