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A Conversation With Renee Hartford

This week we sat down with Renee Hartford, Director of Sunshine & Infant Care.


Where are you from?

I grew up in Lawrence, Kansas and my husband and I have lived in New Jersey for the past nine years.


How did you end up here?

My husband and his father franchised a company from Kansas City up to New Jersey in 2008, and that’s what brought us here.  I was a graphic designer before and I didn’t like my job. I heard about an opening here with the toddler program just starting, so I applied and got hired as the first toddler teacher here.


What do you do day-to-day?

I am both the head teacher and director for the preschool. This means that I am responsible for working with the teachers on lesson plans and curriculum for the kids, giving tours and helping new families join our program, working with the families in our program to provide them a place that they love for their children to be at, continuing to improve the school and the programs we offer, as well as all the other little things such as the preschool budget and keeping our name out in the community.  I am a jack of all trades.


What are some of your hobbies/interests?

I have two little girls, so right now a lot of family time is really important to me when I’m not working. When I do have some spare time, I also really enjoy cooking or trying new foods. My favorite place to be is Colorado. It is where I was born and my family hopes to eventually live there someday.


What is your favorite TV show or movie?

For TV shows, it’d be This Is Us on NBC. And for movies, I’d say P.S. I Love You with Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler.


Do you have a favorite scripture?

Hebrews 11:1

“Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”

When things aren’t going right, just hold faith. Be sure about what you want out of the situation.


Any leaving thoughts?

I like that my job never allows for a dull moment. I have a graphic design background and I like that I get the chance to be creative and have fun with kids but at the same time I also spend time doing finances, and spreadsheets.


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