A Message from our Chair Sandra L. Osorio, and Assistant Chair, Jennipher Frazier:
Hi everyone! Sandra and Jennipher here. We are proud to serve as your ECEA chair and co-chair. If you can believe it, the ECEA is now in its 12th year as an organization!
We are excited about the new programming we have this year including Twitterchats and webinars. We have also been planning for our November 2021 conference and look forward to engaging with our membership in whichever way it is held (virtually or face to face). As always, please explore the wealth of resources found on our website. Do not forget about our Perspectives and Provocations journal where you can hear from individuals doing the work.
Sandra L. Osorio, Chair (introduced above)
Jennipher Frazier, Assistant Chair (introduced above)
Sanjuana Rodriguez, Secretary
Sanjuana C. Rodriguez is an Assistant Professor of Reading Education in the Elementary and Early Childhood Department at Kennesaw State University. Sanjuana is the co-director for the Academy for Language and Literacy in the Bagwell College of Educational at Kennesaw State University. Her research interests include the early literacy development of culturally and linguistically diverse students, early writing development, literacy development of students who are emergent bilinguals, and Latinx children’s literature.
Valente’ Gibson, Treasurer
Valente’ Gibson is a teacher in Columbia, SC at Jackson Creek Elementary. He was a participant in the PDCRT (Professional Dyads and Culturally Relevant Teaching) and has presented his work at several NCTE conferences as well as statewide conferences. He is also a model teacher for the Center for the Education and Equity of African American Students (CEEAAS) and participated in the summer 2019 week long project CHAANGE (Counternarratives for the History of African Americans Needing and Getting Emancipated) to acquire and build on African American history and culture.
Tran Nguyen Templeton
Tran N. Templeton is an assistant professor of early childhood studies at the University of North Texas. Her research is in young children’s co-constructions of identity through processes of image-making (photographs, in particular). She’s interested in the environments and conditions that make children’s critical thought possible.
Alexandra Jenkins is a kindergarten teacher at Richland One in Columbia, SC. She has been teaching for 8 years and is a graduate of the University of South Carolina.
Jessica Carol Jones is a Literacy Specialist in Richland School District Two. Jessica is passionate about making a difference in the lives of the young people. Jessica graduated with honors from Lander University with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She received her Master’s degree in Education Administration from Cambridge College. In 2014 she was honored as Distinguished Teacher of Reading by South Carolina International Reading Association.
Danelle (not danielle) Adeniji is a former 3rd grade public school teacher who taught predominantly Black and Brown children, and knows the experiences of Black educators’ needing to find ways around the prescribed eurocentric curriculum. This work includes creating and finding resources that humanize and recognize Black and Brown children, and that center Black children, their cultural knowledge, and joys. As a current doctoral student at the University of North Texas, her research focuses on the experiences of queer Black teachers and how they operate from their intersectional identities to produce curriculum for Black children to thrive.
Darius Phelps is currently a Pre-K Specialist with the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning. In 2015, he received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Education from UGA in 2019. Currently, he is working on his Specialist degree in Educational Psychology. He has been teaching for nine years ranging from birth through five, Pre-Kindergarten and recently Middle Grades. Darius gave a TEDx talk titled, “Fingerprints Upon My Heart'' and received “Georgia Child Caregiver of the Year” for 2016. His dream is to become a children’s book writer and illustrator, focusing on subjects such as anxiety, depression, and grief.
Liz Murray is a recent graduate of the University of San Francisco’s Ed D program in International and Multicultural Education. She worked as an early childhood educator for over ten years and holds an MS Ed in Early Childhood Education with a Bilingual Extension from Hunter College, NY. At USF she worked with preservice teachers in the Bilingual Multi-Subject track. At present she is working as a teacher mentor with the Bay Area Writing Project. She has been a member of the ECEA since her first NCTE conference in 2013. Liz is passionate about connecting theory to practice in classrooms and feels blessed to be able to be part of this work.