Unsung Hero: Kathy Lyle
February is Parent Recognition Month. Strengthening Families Washington, of the Department of Early Learning for Washington State, believes there is no better way to recognize a parent, grandparent, foster or adoptive parent than by acknowledging the numerous and impressive things they do to strengthen their family and those around them in their community.
Seattle’s Child is proud to sponsor the Washington Unsung Hero Awards, recognizing our everyday heroes and honoring the important role caregivers play in children’s lives. There are 28 nominees for the 28 days of February, and Seattle’s Child will highlight each and every one.
Congratulations to the Unsung Hero for February 7
Kathy Lyle - Tulalip
I have known Kathy Lyle for years. All her grandchildren have attended Tulalip ECEAP preschool.
Kathy is a full-time working woman who acquired custody of the girls several years ago. Kathy provides them a stable, loving home, and she is very involved in their education, extracurricular activities, and daily lives. I have seen the girls grow and thrive in our program and in her care.
As I previously mentioned, Kathy works full-time at night, and sleeps when she gets a chance during the day. If she is lucky, the girls will go off to school without any glitches, and she can sleep for a few hours before they arrive home. That is, she can sleep whenever she isn't taking one to the doctor’s, meeting with school personnel, attending school events, or other random activities that revolve around the kids. Kathy has come to every parent-teacher conference, every family advocate visit, and all the Academy family events. It’s obvious that she is very involved in all aspects of her grandchildren’s lives, and that protective factors are plentiful in this household.
Nominator: Stephanie Pitman