Legendary educator pays sentimental visit to Hobe Sound Early Learning Center

Gertrude Pettway visits facility she opened in 1962 as Humpty Dumpty Kindergarten

Gertrude Pettway is a legend both in the Hobe Sound community and the education annals of Martin County, where she was a leader for more than 40 years.

Mary King, Gertrude Pettway and Ashley Connors. Photos provided by Hobe Sound Early Learning Center

In 1962, she opened Humpty Dumpty Kindergarten, the precursor to Hobe Sound Early Learning Center (HSELC).

A beautiful “circle of life” event took place on Jan. 28 when Pettway visited HSELC for the first time in many years. She toured the center with recently retired Director Mary King, who had served HSELC for 30 years, and new Director Ashley Connors.

Nicole Banks and Gertrude Pettway

Also on hand was Nicole Banks, who currently teaches at HSELC, and had Pettway as her kindergarten teacher and Sunday School teacher. Pettway was the first director of Humpty Dumpty Kindergarten when Banks was a student.

King and Connors explained the exciting new expansion under way that will allow Hobe Sound Early Learning Center to serve 60 additional children from Hobe Sound and surrounding areas, building on the solid foundation that Pettway laid many years ago.

To learn more about Hobe Sound Early Learning Center, visit www.hobesoundearlylearningcenter.org.

Ashley Connors presents flowers to Gertrude Pettway.

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