For the month of April, Mrs. Alta Profitt, Parent Coordinator at Laurel School, has been selected as “Educator of the Month”. According to Franklin County Superintendent, Dr. Debbie Howell, it is a great privilege to publicly honor and recognize someone who has dedicated 54 years to education. Mrs. Profitt’s career in education began in the Cincinnati Public Schools. In 1976, she opened Tot Spot Nursery School in Brookville. For the next 25 years, Mrs. Profitt and Tot Spot Nursery School was a staple on Main Street. She and her staff helped countless Franklin County “kiddos” build a solid foundation for learning, instilled a passion for books, and cultivated curiosity and sense of adventure.
In the spring of 2000, Mrs. Profitt retired from Tot Spot. Not too long after her “retirement” Mrs. Profitt was hired by the Franklin County Community School Corporation as a preschool teacher at Laurel Elementary. In 2012, Mrs. Profitt, once again, tried her hand at retirement. It didn’t take too long for the school to hire her back, this time as a Parent Coordinator at Laurel School.
In addition to her dedication to the school corporation, Mrs. Profitt is also very active in the community. She is a member of the Brookville Woman’s Club, Twin Forks Chapter of DAR, Tri Kappa Associate Chapter, Friends of the Library, Imagination Library, and the Second Monday Book Club. In 2000 she was recognized by the Chamber of Commerce as “Retiree of the Year”.
Mrs. Profitt was nominated for this recognition by a parent at Laurel School. According to the parent, “Alta has a way of making everyone feel welcome, needed, and appreciated in our school.” During her time at Laurel School she has worked “very hard to build home/school communication and relationships.”
Superintendent Howell has first hand knowledge of, and appreciation for, the life-long impact Mrs. Profitt has had on her former students. Both of Howell’s children attended Tot Spot Nursery School and as young adults, still reminisce about Mrs. Profitt and their “Tot Spot” days.
The purpose of the “Educator of the Month” program is to recognize outstanding Franklin County educators who demonstrate excellence in the classroom, leadership in the school, dedication to the students, and involvement in the community. Parents and students are encouraged to nominate outstanding educators for this monthly recognition. Nomination forms for “Educator of the Month” can be found on the school corporation website at www.fccsc.k12.in.us.