At Northside Hospital’s Child Development Center (CDC), there is plenty of laughter, plenty of growth and plenty of love. There is also plenty of longevity, thanks to the remarkable teaching careers of Barbara, Teresa, Judy, and Sherry, all of whom have been part of the Northside Family for more than 30 years.
This quartet of educators love what they do, who they do it with and, most importantly, where they do it. They epitomize many of the reasons why Northside’s employees have ranked on the 2019 Glassdoor Best Places to Work list.
For Teresa, who has been with us 30 years and works with toddlers in the CDC, Northside is a “great place to work, very family-oriented.” For Infant Room Lead Teacher Barbara, whose career spans 31 years, Northside offers “good benefits, stability, and longevity.”
Judy, a Lead Teacher with older toddlers, moved here from Louisiana 31 years ago. She “did her research and [Northside] is a good, family-oriented place, with good opportunity.” She says Northside inspired her to want to be here and she is grateful to the parents, who she says are nice and always remember her.
Sherry, a Supervisor with 33 years at Northside, started in Environmental Services before coming to the CDC. She loves her colleagues and, of course, the kids, who she says are her favorite part of the job.
“They come back after college and still remember you, you know you did something right,” she said.
Judy also said working with the kids is what she loves most.
“The children, they are the most wonderful beings,” she said. “They love you no matter what, you can be 100 percent yourself, and they don’t find fault in you.”
For Teresa, the best part of every day is “seeing the smiles every morning” as the children greet her with hugs and kisses, while Barbara loves watching “her babies” “grow and develop and enjoying the fact that many of them still come back to see her long after they’ve grown up.
Over the course of three decades, Teresa, Sherry, Barbara, and Judy have racked up their share of fond memories, so many that when asked, they had a hard time singling out just one. For Teresa, the top memory came in 1994, when she was part of the groundbreaking for the current CDC location, which used to be a parking lot.
Barbara’s best memory is of a parent who still comes each year to mark her birthday, even though his daughter is now 13 years old.
Judy also loves it when the kids and parents come back, and she is always proud to see how they’ve grown and what they’ve accomplished. She’s also grateful parents commend her for having an impact on their children.
Sherry’s best memory is a bit more specific. It’s of a young girl who would cry and cry when she come to the CDC, but would stop whenever Sherry walked in. The little girl’s mother is part of Northside’s senior leadership today, and still remembers how Sherry was able to soothe her upset daughter.