Amy O’Leary

We are extremely proud to announce that Amy O’Leary has been elected president of the Governing Board of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

As readers of this blog know, Amy is the director of Strategies for Children’s Early Education for All Campaign — and she served on NAEYC’s Board from 2011-2014.

Amy’s term as president begins on June 1, 2017, and she’ll serve in this volunteer position for four years.

“I am honored and thrilled to have been elected President-Elect of the NAEYC Governing Board,” Amy says. “This is an exciting time for young children, families, and early educators, and I am excited for this opportunity to serve. I believe in learning by doing, and, so far, I have taken the skills I needed to captivate 4-year-olds in circle time, and used them when I’ve met with legislators at the State House. I believe my perspective as an early educator combined with my current work as an advocate working on local, state, and national policy — as well as my passion for supporting the early education workforce — will all serve me well in my work on the NAEYC Governing Board.” 

Other candidates who were elected to the Board are:

Board Member at Large

Dina C. Castro, Professor and Velma E. Schmidt Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Education, University of North Texas

Board Member at Large

Tamara Johnson, Executive Director, Malaika Early Learning Center, Milwaukee, WI

Student Board Member

Megan Pamela Ruth Madison, Currently a Doctoral Candidate at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management with a concentration in Children, Youth and Families Policy, Brandeis University

The Board also has two newly appointed members:

Carl L. Hairston, Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer City First Bank of DC, Washington, DC, who will serve as NAEYC Treasurer

Stacia Tipton, Marketing and Research Consultant, Washington, DC, who will serve as a Board member at Large

To read more about Amy, go to our staff website page, and stay tuned for future updates on President O’Leary.