Jared Lisonbee, UTCAP Head Start
UAEYC Board President
I personally facilitate HIGH QUALITY learning environments for children, I also instruct early childhood education classes to adults, and more often than not I have found that, due to mostly the lack of higher education, providers set up environments to “prepare” children for perceived success in school, instead of insuring, that because they are little children with developing brains and active bodies, they learn through exploration. We need influential big humans like you that know that we don’t push tiny humans for school readiness but facilitate environments that encourages exploration, imagination and true childhood happiness that builds so much self-esteem that all children are innately ready to be successful in school. The mission of UAEYC is to support educators in appropriately preparing children for success, not pushing them to fast. YOUR decisions influence US and the 254,350* tiny humans living in Utah. Your investment now will yield a return on investment that is priceless!Type your paragraph here.
Debi Evans, Early Childhood Professional
UAEYC Board Secretary
Ilse Wilson, Director @ Fairyland Family Childcare
UAEYC Board Treasurer
Sheila Anderson, WSU Faculty Member
UAEYC Past President
Kathie MacKay, BYU Faculty Member
UAEYC Vice President
Growing up with seven younger siblings, I observed the processes of early learning and development on a daily basis. My fascination with child development led me to study human development in college where I earned a Ph. D. focusing on research methods in early childhood education from Auburn University.
My research on classroom environments and child stress emphasized the importance of having a positive, challenging, and enriching learning environment to provide a foundation for a lifelong love of learning. Early learning experiences, whether at home or in a classroom setting, are key contributors for developing the skills necessary to be a self-directed and self-regulated individual—skills and attributes essential for later life success.
I am committed to building and supporting high-quality early learning experiences for all children through educating and strengthening parents and teachers working with young children and supporting cultural and political shifts that will benefit all children.
Public Policy Chair: Connie Wang, UVU CAC Staff
Membership Chair: Crystal Knippers, WSU CAC Director
Accreditation Chair: JamieLynn Galloway, Director @ Bright Horizons-Overstock.com
Accreditation Co-Chair: Kim Rice, Southern Regional Manager, Child Care Licensing
Development: Lynn Curtis, Owner of Children's Academy Preschool
Historian: Tiffany Parker, Youth Program Coordinator @ South Jordan Rec Center
Hospitality Co-Chair: Ana Cuenca, Owner of Cuenca's Learn & Grow Preschool
NAEYC Liaison: Teri Henke, WSU Faculty
T.E.A.C.H. Advisory Committee Chair: Carolyn Christensen, UT CAP Staff
Eastern Rep: Christina Pay, USU Eastern CAC Staff
Southern Rep: Brittney Nelson, Washington CO Preschool Coordinator
Northern Rep: Leah Stanton, JCC Teacher