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High Hopes director honored for success of program, efforts to meet demand


High Hopes director honored for success of program, efforts to meet demand
For the past 11 years Gail Powell has served as the Executive Director of High Hopes Development Center.
During this time she has played a key role in helping High Hopes expand and grow to serve the high demand for the inclusive preschool education and physical, occupational, speech and feeding therapies which they offer.
High Hopes Development Center is a local non-profit that began in 1984 with two integrated programs: an inclusive preschool that educates children with and without special needs from six weeks to six years old and an outpatient therapy clinic providing speech, physical, occupational, and feeding therapies to children aged birth to 21 years.
Under Powell’s leadership, High Hopes built its first ever permanent home in 2014 as a state-of-the-art 14,400-square-foot building in Franklin. In 2017, more than 100 children were on the wait list for the preschool and therapy clients had increased by 97% from 2013 to 2017.  Due to the exceptional management and direction of Powell, High Hopes is currently undergoing a building expansion to double its square footage with construction expected to be completed in fall 2018.
The 2018 expansion of High Hopes will include four new classrooms including a state-approved inclusive kindergarten, therapy treatment spaces to accommodate at least 13,000 more therapy visits per year, and a multi-purpose area to host community outreach programs including free parent workshops and adaptive and inclusive classes/camps for children. These new spaces will not only relieve the congestion in the halls of High Hopes, but will allow their educators and therapists to serve more children and families in the Middle Tennessee area.
In honor of Gail’s dedication and leadership at High Hopes she was recently named a Darrell Waltrip Automotive Group Hometown Hero.
“Gail has lead the charge to expand High Hopes services, mission, and community impact over her 11 years as Executive Director,” said Kristin Garner, Pediatric Therapy Clinic Director, High Hopes Development Center.  “She empowers her staff and Board of Directors to positively impact the lives of children and families and she leads by example. Her professionalism, compassion, organization, and dedication help her to be an excellent leader not only at High Hopes but also in the community.”
As a part of her award $500 was donated in her honor to High Hopes.
To learn more about High Hopes visit www.highhopesforkids.org.

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