Moving from Exhaustion to Energy:

Practical Steps, Personal Insights and Pertinent Knowledge

(Three Part Series dealing with Staff Fatigue, Staff Burnout and Oveall Staff Mental Health)


Dates & Time

Part One: Fearful, Feisty or Flexible – Friend or Foe? 

Date: Friday, September 28, 2018

Time: 8:30am—4:30pm

Part Two: Moving from an Event to an Experience 

Date: Friday, December 14, 2018

Time: 2:00-3:00pm (60 minute webinar—gotomeeting link will be sent closer to the date)

Part Three: Turn the Rock in Your Shoe into Your Cornerstone

Date: Friday, May 3, 2019

Time: 8:30am—4:30pm


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IHSA Training Room  / 3435 Liberty Drive / Springfield

Link and Access Code from GoToMeetings will be sent to the registered participant 24 hours before the webinar.

Registration Fees

Member Registration Fee: $290.00 per person

5 or more Registration from the same Agency—$265.00

Non-Member Registration Fee—$440.00

Registration Fee includes all three series. Lite continental breakfast and lunch provided for both in-person meetings.


If you need a sleeping room, IHSA recommends the following hotels that are close to the IHSA Training Facility:

Courtyard by Marriott / 3462 Freedom Drive / 217-793-5300

Fairfield Inn / 3446 Freedom Drive / 217-793-9277

Staybridge Suites / 4231 Schooner Dr / 217-793-6700

Hampton Inn and  Suites / 2300 Chuckwagon Dr. / 217-793-7670


Illinois Head Start Association is working with LUME Institute to provide professional development and trainings to address issues raised by members in the annual survey, primarily staff fatigue and related issues. The LUME Approach gives individuals a deeper understanding of the cause or “why” behind burnout/fatigue and offers practical steps staff can take to relieve fatigue today and in the long-term. Participants will leave with questions, reflections and understandings about themselves and children that last well beyond the actual training experience and result in lasting changes in their practice and benefit the overall health of their Head Start Agency.

About LUME Institute

At LUME Institute, we believe the power to change society lies in changing the way young children are taught. LUME Institute promotes innovative thinking and programs by translating research and experience into various program offerings. Each of our programs embed the LUME Approach, a transformative framework for providing high-quality early childhood care and education. The LUME Approach evolved from the philosophy and methodologies integrated within LUME’s model school, University City Children’s Center, and is rooted in a deep understanding that children’s emotional development is the foundation for lifelong health, growth, and learning.


Moving from Exhaustion to Energy: Practical Steps, Personal Insights and Pertinent Knowledge

Part One: Fearful, Feisty or Flexible – Friend or Foe? 

Date: September 28, 2018

Every child is unique. When we accept these differences, celebrate them, and consider how they interact with our own temperament, we can help children grow strong while also creating relationships that leave educators energized instead of exhausted. As we understand ourselves and children in a deeper way, we can examine the chaos in our world differently and understand how to leave the chaos behind and move into more mindful relationships.

Part Two: Moving from an Event to an Experience 

Date: December 14, 2018 (60 minute webinar)

Take what you’ve learned and

1) ensure you are integrating it into your daily practices, and

2) share it with your staff in a sustainable way.

Part Three: Turn the Rock in Your Shoe into Your Cornerstone 

Date: May 3, 2019

Learn how to avoid burnout and create healing for yourself and for children using the Johari window as a tool for self-awareness and understanding. Engage with children to create deeper connections, and in the process discover joy that creates the foundation for your work.

Meet Your LUME Team!

Peaches Lott, LUME Early Childhood Specialist  314.469.9805

Ovella Lott (Peaches), has almost 27 years experience working in early education, teen services and family support. She has also been taking college course work for just about as long to keep up to date with the changes in the early childhood field. She is married with five amazing children and seven grandchildren. Her journey has taken her throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area and Illinois. Peaches believes that all children should be free to be children and have the opportunity to experience playfulness.


Laurie McKenney, LUME Early Childhood and Curriculum Specialist  314.469.9805 x138

Laurie has more than 20 years experience as a teacher and psycho-social educator. She has worked in many aspects of foster care: as a foster parent, family support worker and foster parent trainer. She has been a LUME facilitator since 2015 doing reflective supervision with teachers, helping them to deepen their practice through self-reflection. As a curriculum specialist, she works with the LUME community to define culture and establish practices that support the emotional development of children.


Roxeanna Steiner, LUME Early Childhood Specialist  314.469.9805 x143

Roxeanna specializes in the social and emotional well-being of children, child development and family well-being. She provides support to child care programs through professional development and coaching. Roxeanna has extensive experience in supporting families and sharing her knowledge through Parent Cafés and Next Generation Parenting Courses. Roxeanna was a Parent Educator with Parents as Teachers for more than 15 years.

Stephen P. Zwolak, M.Ed., LUME Chief Executive Officer  314.726.0148 x113

Steve has more than 40 years experience in early childhood education as a teacher, parent and family educator, program and school administrator and  community leader. He led the founding of LUME, and now uses University City Children’s Center as a lab school for innovation while he and LUME staff go out into the community to change the face of early childhood education.