Jenny Lewis, a Trenton native, has been named the new Head Start Director of Centers and Administration. She graduated from North Central Missouri College with an Associate of Arts degree and with honors from Missouri Western State College with a bachelor’s degree in government and public affairs.

Her professional career began in 2005 as a Case Manager for the Third Circuit Treatment Court and then continued to North Central Missouri College, where she worked in the Alexander Student Center. Jenny worked in the Human Resources field for nine years with Saint Luke’s Health System and CFM Insurance. She started with Green Hills Head Start in June 2019 as the Enrollment Specialist.

Jenny’s professional accomplishments include being a 2009 Leadership Trenton graduate, Employee of the Quarter in 2016 at Wright Memorial Hospital, T.E.A.M. certified through NAMIC in 2018, and trained in coaching and facilitating TraumaSmart for Green Hills Head Start employees.

Dr. Lenny Klaver, President, said, “Jenny has experience and knowledge that will help her lead the Green Hills Head Start program and continue the history of success at the centers.”

Jenny began her role as the new Head Start Director of Centers and Administration on July 1, 2024, succeeding the retirement of the long-time Director, Janet Gott. Dr. Klaver expressed his gratitude, saying, “I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to Janet Gott for her unwavering commitment to Head Start. In her 32 years of service, Janet has been a driving force in shaping and growing Head Start in a positive direction. We are deeply appreciative of her leadership, her service, and her generous time to NCMC.”

Jenny said, “I am thankful to continue to work with the amazing team at Green Hills Head Start. Head Start is a vital program to our area, as well as nationwide. I look forward to continuing to help families in our region succeed at giving their children the right start to their education, and helping the entire family be successful.”

In partnership with the Head Start Director of Home Based and Early Childhood, Sue Ewigman, Jenny will be the Director of Centers and Administration for the Green Hills Head Start program. Green Hills Head Start is designed to help break the cycle of poverty by providing preschool children of low-income families with a comprehensive program to meet their emotional, social, health, nutritional, and psychological needs. Learn more about Green Hills Head Start, or contact Head Start at (660) 359-2214.

Photo: Jenny Lewis

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