Thank you to all who have participated in the nominations process! We are very pleased to announce the following slate of candidates. All positions are effective January 1, 2017.
Get to know this year’s nominees!
The following are candidates for the four (4) MaineAEYC At-Large Board Member vacancies:
* Jill Barnes, Lead Teacher, Regional Supervisor & Targeted Children’s Case Manager, Broadreach Family & Community Services, Unity & Morrill
Education: Associate’s Degree from Kennebec Valley Community College, Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from the University of Maine Farmington
Professional Background: Jill has worked in the Early Childhood field for 23 years. She owned and operated a licensed home daycare in Enfield, Connecticut for seven years before relocating back to Maine. She then spent a year substitute teaching for RSU 3. In the fall of 2000, she began an Assistant Teacher position at Broadreach Family and Community Services. Throughout her 15 years at Broadreach, Jill has been a 1:1 Ed Tech, an Assistant Teacher, a Lead Teacher, a Coach for a Numeracy Grant, and a Mentor Teacher. Currently, Jill is a Lead Teacher in the Unity Early Childhood Inclusive Program, a Regional Supervisor for RSU3 Pre-K classrooms and two Pre-K classrooms in Morrill. Additionally, Jill has taken on the role of a part-time Targeted Children’s Case Manager. She holds current teaching certifications in both Early Childhood and Special Education. Jill joined the MaineAEYC Governing Board in February 2016 as a member-at-large and she is interested in continuing in this role.
* Jessie Graham, Professional Coach, Speech Language Pathologist & Early Childhood Consultant
Education: Master’s Degree in Communication Science and Disorders, fellowship in Leadership for the Education of Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) at the University of Vermont
Professional Background: Jessie’s professional background has included working as a Speech Language Pathologist for more than 20 years, both as an employee of public schools and as a private contractor for schools and Early Childhood Organizations. She has taught at the community college, undergraduate and graduate level, courses in language development, language and literacy as well as infant toddler development and early childhood curriculum. Since moving to Maine in 2014, Jessie has worked for Child Development Services, Spurwink Services and completed a Professional Coaching Certification. Jessie has also served as the President of the Board of the Vermont Speech Language and Hearing Association as well as the President of the Board of Directors of ArtVan, a Non Profit Mobile Art Therapy Program
* Selina Greene Warren, Second Grade Teacher, Kingfield Elementary School
Education: Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from the University of Maine Farmington, Master of Science in Care and Education in Early Childhood Settings with a Focus on Leadership and Policy from Wheelock College in Massachusetts
Professional Background: Selina is an elementary school teacher with seven years of experience. She taught third grade for four years, and is now in her third year of teaching second grade. As an elementary school teacher with a background in Early Childhood Education, Selina strives to plan and promote instruction that is not only aligned to Common Core State Standards, but is also developmentally appropriate for young children in a public school setting. In addition to her role as the second grade teacher at the Kingfield Elementary School, Selina is also the school garden coordinator. She has built and maintained a successful school garden program at both elementary schools she has worked at, while using a curriculum titled Growing Gardeners which she co-authored.
* Cindy Manson, Early Care & Education Program Liaison, The Children’s Place Early Care & Education Center at The Maine Children’s Home
Education: Associates of Arts Degree from the University of Maine Farmington
Professional Background: Cindy has been an early childhood educator since 1984, starting as an assistant teacher in a faith-based preschool. After attaining her degree in Early Childhood Education, she became the lead teacher for the program. In 1990, Cindy opened a preschool center licensed for 20 children which grew to 40 children during its 12 years of operation. She then became the Program Director for The Children’s Place Early Care and Education Center at The Maine Children’s Home in 2002, which is licensed for 52 children aged 6-weeks to entrance into kindergarten, and successfully led the program through NAEYC Accreditation. In 2015, Cindy became the Program Liaison for The Children’s Place and is now primarily responsible for community, state and federal connections/collaborations in the field of early childhood (which includes licensing, accreditation and grant research). Cindy has been a NAEYC member since the mid-80’s, serving on the board of Central Maine AEYC in those early years, during which time she was on the steering committee that planned and facilitated the New England AEYC conference held at Sugarloaf.
* Sara Perrigo, Director, Heidi’s House Child Care Center, Scarborough
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Southern Maine, Master of Science in Leadership and Policy in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College in Massachusetts
Professional Background: Sara has worked in child care for over 20 years with all age groups (infants through 12 years old). Over the years, she has worked as a classroom teacher in infant, toddler, and preschool classrooms. She has also led and supervised both toddler and preschool teachers and their classrooms, along with serving as the curriculum coordinator and trainer for teachers working with the High/Scope curriculum. She was the Assistant Director at Heidi’s House for many years, then Co-Director, and then three years ago she took on the position of Director. Sara has worked with many families and children who have taught her so much about herself and early childhood education, and she says that the best part is that she is always learning and continuing to grow (and it is a pretty fun job!)
* Alison Reece, Early Childhood Education Instructor, Region Two School of Applied Technology, Houlton
Education: Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Maine Farmington, Master of Science in Early Care and Education Leadership Policy from Wheelock College in Massachusetts
Professional Background: Upon graduation from UMF, Alison became employed as the Assistant Teacher for the UMF Nursery School Program and continued to work as a substitute teacher at Sweatt-Winter Childcare, Community Concepts, and North Elementary School in Skowhegan. She became the lead teacher in her own classroom in the fall of 2010, working for Southern Kennebec Child Development Corp. After completing her Master’s Degree, Alison returned to her home-town and transitioned to teaching Head Start for in Houlton in the spring of 2012. The following fall, she went to work for Region Two School of Applied Technology as an Early Childhood Education Instructor. In her current position, Alison teaches high school students (typically juniors and seniors) interested in pursuing ECE careers. The curriculum is aligned with the NAEYC and MRTQ (Maine Roads to Quality) standards, and students have the opportunity to earn their CECA (Certified Early Childhood Assistant) Certification through this program. Alison has been a member-at-large on the MaineAEYC Governing Board since June 2016 and she is interested in continuing in this role.
To cast your vote, please visit this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2XLKP2V
Voting will remain open until the end of the day on Wednesday, November 30th 2016.