The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is pleased to announce the election of Ann McClain Terrell as President-Elect to the association’s national governing board. She will serve a 4-year term beginning June 1, 2019.
Ann McClain Terrell has 45 years of professional experience in the field of education, primarily in early childhood education. She is now an adjunct early childhood education professor for Concordia University after serving as the executive director of the Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation, Inc., and an administrator in the Milwaukee Public Schools district, leading the departments of Innovation and Early Childhood Education. Additionally, Ann mentors emerging early childhood leaders.
Ann earned a Master of Science degree in educational leadership from Cardinal Stritch University, a Master of Science degree in cultural foundations of education from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, a Bachelor of Science degree in education from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and an associate degree in early childhood education from Milwaukee Area Technical College.
Ann’s board service includes the Educare Milwaukee Shared Governance Committee, Cardinal Stritch University College of Educational Leadership Advisory Committee, Lakeland University Board of Trustees, the National School Foundation Association Board of Directors, and the Urban Ecology Center Board of Directors. Previously she also served on the NAEYC Governing Board and the Wisconsin Governor’s Early Childhood Advisory Council.
In 2016 Ann was recognized as one of the most influential African Americans in Wisconsin. Ann received the Black Women’s Network Legacy of Leadership in Education Award in 2008; the National Black Child Development Institute Milwaukee Affiliate Early Childhood Recognition Award in 2007; and the Community Brainstorming Conference Children’s Advocacy Award in 2004. She was appointed chair of Governor Doyle’s 2004 Quality Counts Early Childhood Task Force, which led to the creation of YoungStar, Wisconsin’s child care quality rating and improvement system. In 2000 she was selected as a Children’s Defense Fund Early Childhood Leadership Fellow. Ann is the author of the recently published book, Graceful Leadership in Early Childhood Education.
Founded in 1926, the National Association for the Education of Young Children promotes high-quality early learning for all children, birth through age 8, by connecting practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.
The NAEYC Governing Board provides mission-based leadership and strategic governance. Officers and most Board members are elected by the association’s 60,000 members. Candidates for the competitive slate are chosen for their broad-based knowledge of issues affecting high-quality early learning and the early childhood profession. Rhian Evans Allvin, NAEYC’s Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are delighted to have Ann join the board. Her demonstrated high-quality leadership, commitment and ability will help NAEYC further its mission and vision.”
Elected along with Ann were Anthony Broughton, Assistant Professor/Early Childhood Coordinator, Claflin University, Orangeburg, SC, was elected as Board Member At-Large; Nicol Russell, Deputy Associate Superintendent of Early Childhood and Head Start State Collaboration Director, Arizona Department of Education, Phoenix, AZ, was elected as a Board Member At-Large; Yohana I. Quiroz, Chief Operations Officer, Felton Institute and Doctoral Student, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA, was elected Student Board Member. A newly appointed member will also join the 17-member board in June: Uhriel Bedoya, Country Manager for Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Bermuda and Haiti at Mastercard, Miami, FL, will serve as a Board Member At-Large.