The faces behind before5? Four women and a foundation, all of whom love seeing children grow to be healthy and independent. Ask us anything. We don’t have all the answers, but we’ll find out!
Diane has worked in education with children and parents for over 20 years. Diane is passionate about helping parents understand the importance of their interaction with their children matters (it matters a lot). She has been married a VERY long time to her high school sweetheart. They have three grown children and are grandparents. Her parenting advice is to be available, attentive, and joyful!
Martha has 30 years experience in working and interacting with children 0-5, preschool teachers and parents of young children. She has mentored teachers and parents in understanding and responding to the stages of child development. Martha has been married for 36 years, a mom of two grown daughters and grandma to four grandchildren. Martha’s advice to parents is: play, talk, listen, have fun and enjoy the moments with your children. Be the person you want your child to become.
Katie met her husband in college. They are foster/adoptive parents to five kids ages 2 to 16 and are expecting their baby boy in May. She has her degree in Elementary Education from Trine University. She helps manage a Facebook page dedicated to moms with kids. Her best advice is to always love your kids and never give up on them.
Lindsay met her husband in college. Together they are blessed with two young children, one boy and one girl. She has a bachelor of science degree from Trine University. Lindsay enjoys spending time with her family and working on home improvement projects with her husband. Before college she enjoyed 10 years of 4-H, being a big sister for Big Brothers Big Sisters in Northeast Indiana, and working with children as a child care teacher. Her best advice is to support your children and help to cultivate their dreams for their future.
Great things happen!
We want every child to grow up happy, healthy and independent. That’s why we support adults as they teach and nurture the children and young people in their lives. Our child development advice? Listen to the before5 people; they’re really smart!