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 11th year as an organization!
While we are saddened that we won’t be able to see everyone face to face this coming November, we are excited that our upcoming virtual Day of Early Childhood offers us the opportunity to connect with more individuals around the United States and internationally. We hope that you are able to join us Saturday, November 7th, 2020 for this amazing day! 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.
Amy Seely Flint
Amy Seely Flint is professor in the Elementary, Middle and Secondary Teacher Education Department at the University of Louisville. Her research interests include teacher professional development, critical and new literacies, and early literacy development. Amy works extensively with primary grade teachers supporting teacher knowledge and culturally sustaining practices in literacy.
Shashray McCormack is a district resource teacher in the Diversity, Equity, and Poverty Department of Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, Kentucky.