On August 20, our Education Coordinator Kelli Huggins let you all know that she had taken a new position at the Catskills Interpretive Center and would be leaving CCHS. Well, the day has come and gone and she has made the move. And, we at the CCHS could not be more proud of her.
What Kelli modestly did not tell you in her goodbye post was that she also won two statewide awards from the Museum Association of New York, one recognizing her as an up and coming museum professional and another recognizing The History They Didn’t Teach You in School as an intriguing and cutting edge program. She also did not mention that the many thousands of schoolchildren she reached were because of her hard work developing relationships with teachers and principals, creating programming to match classroom needs and then delivering much of that programming herself. And while you know that she managed to write a book in her time here she also found the time to serve as an adjunct professor at Elmira College, sharing her love of history with yet another group of students.
I have no doubt that the Catskills Interpretive Center is already benefiting from her knowledge, energy and enthusiasm.
The CCHS has started the process of looking for a new person to take on the role of Educator, but we know that whoever winds up with the position will not be replacing Kelli. They will, however, be building on a great foundation.
So Kelli, thank you for five very successful years. Thank you for being a part of CCHS, for making us laugh and do some silly things. I know that you will do great things in your new position and, just in case you see this, remember that it will all work out.