Each year, an early learning business owner and director are chosen to win this important honor. In 2017, we had over 25 leaders nominated by their peers.

Will this be YOUR year?

2017 Owner of the Year: Donna Jensen, The Learning Station, Conway, SC

Donna Jensen



2017 Director of the Year: Julie Salmon, Courthouse Academy, Virginia Beach VA

Julie Salmon



2017 Child Care Rockstar, Kym Pomares

Kym Pomares

Kym's Story

Kym Pomares is the owner of Courthouse Academy. Having opened the school in 1992, Kym was renting space from a church and operating in the back. With rapid growth and profitability for a number of years, Kym assumed success would continue from here on out.

Soon thereafter Kym was notified that the church would not be renewing her contract and would be given nine months to find a new location. During this time, Kym found land and built a school.

Kym quickly went from five classrooms to nine and rent of $1700/month to a mortgage of around $18k/month. Looking to continue the schools growth, Kym doubled to nineteen classrooms and a mortgage of about $25k/month when enrollment stopped keeping up with expenses.

With no money for payroll and only months away from bankruptcy, Kym battled on whether or not to attend a Kris Murray Success Summit event. Knowing that it was only a short time away from shutting her doors, Kym decided to purchase her ticket and attend her first Success Summit.

Kym took the plunge and hasn’t looked back since. Together, with Kris Murray, Kym worked on core values, website, phone skills, marketing, culture and more. All of which have helped turn Courthouse Academy around with a net increase of 179.6% over previous fiscal year.

Today, Kym doesn’t worry so much about bankruptcy and Kym’s story is the reason she is the 2017 Child Care Rockstar.