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My name is Elizabeth Andry and I have some important news to share with you. It is with a humble and grateful heart that I announce that I have taken over as Southside’s new Director, and will also be one of its new Owners, effective August 10, 2019. The other new Owners are my husband, Jeff, and our partners, John and Kellye Grinton. Jeff, John and Kellye will be exclusively engaged behind the scenes on regulatory and other matters, while I will be responsible for Southside’s on-site, day-to-day operations.

My professional qualifications include nearly ten years of teaching in grades first and third. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Grades Education from LSU. I have taught in both public and private school settings, including St. George and St. Jude schools in Baton Rouge and Peabody Montessori School in Alexandria. I am also the mom of one daughter, Camille, who could not be more excited to be joining the Giraffe classroom.

I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to have the opportunity to oversee the quality care and academic and social development of your little ones. Under Ms. Denise’s leadership, Southside has continuously fulfilled its mission of providing the highest quality child care in Baton Rouge, and I intend to carry on the legacy she leaves behind. Please know, however, that before Ms. Denise does part ways, she will be remaining on site, in a consulting capacity through October of this year to ensure a smooth and successful transition for you, your children, our staff and myself. Rest assured, tuition, class sizes, and the day-to-day operation of Southside will remain the same. Also importantly, all existing staff - including Ms. Sana, Mr. Ronell and all of our classroom personnel - will be remaining onboard as part of the Southside family!

As a teacher, I fully understand and appreciate the importance of active parent/guardian participation in the education process. To that end, please know that I am always available and accessible to answer any questions or concerns you may have. The well-being and development of your children is truly my top priority.

In closing, thank you for your continued support of Southside and I look forward to getting to know you and your Kangaroos, Giraffes, Zebras, Monkeys, Alligators, Tigers and Teddy Bears in the coming days.

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