Children's Advocacy Center announces hire

Published on Friday, 11 April 2014 23:07 - Written by From Staff Reports

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County added someone new to their staff this month.

“We are extremely fortunate to have MaryAnn Girard join our team,” said Terri Smith, executive director of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County, in a news release. “The wealth of experience she brings to the work we do with children traumatized by abuse will benefit them as they begin their healing process.

“MaryAnn is recognized as the leading authority on Brain Gym in Tyler, and we welcome this innovative program to enhance the work we are currently doing at the Center.”

Ms. Girard has more than 40 years of experience working with children. Most recently, she served as the executive director of Champions for Children in Tyler. During her 14 years with the organization, she also served as program coordinator, behavior specialist and parents as teachers parents educator.

Ms. Girard received her master’s in early childhood education from The University of Texas at Tyler and a bachelor’s in social work from Ohio State University. She is a licensed Brain Gym instructor and consultant, social worker, childcare director, certified anger management therapist and a certified parent educator 1 supervisor for parents as teachers.

“I am excited to help the kids through their healing process,” Ms. Girard said. “This next chapter in my life will be a challenge that I look forward to; it is an exceptional feeling to know that I have been chosen to help the children served by the center through my position as child behavior specialist.”