Mrs. Smith-Gray is a native of Fayetteville, NC. She graduated from the University of Pembroke with a Bachelor's Degree in Birth-Kindergarten Education. She received her Master's in Education specializing in Early Childhood Education from Ashford University. Her interests include: designing Developmentally Appropriate Curriculums for early learners, developing parent workshops to enhance learning during the early stages of development, and researching best practices in early learning environments. She is a member of the National Association of the Education for Young Children (NAEYC) and the National Council for Social Studies (NCSS).Mrs. Smith. She has been in the department for 5 years.
Dr. Marilyn Lanier, an Assistant Professor in the department of Elementary Education for her outstanding service to the Department. Dr. Lanier planned, organized and facilitated a very successful "Fall in Love with Math and Science Expo" on February 6, 2016. Nearly 300 were in attendance including families and children to visit the 25 interactive exhibits. The Expo exhibits included activity booths focusing on science, engineering, math, technology, and the arts. Everyone who attended had such great comments and many of the exhibitors asked if we will do it again next year. You have set a high bar! Thank you to Dr. Lanier, all the faculty and our wonderful students who made the EXPO a success. It was a great community outreach event.
Dr. Tanya Hudson, Assistant Professor in the Department of Elementary Education, received the undergraduate Dr. Wynton Hadley Excellence in Teaching Award on April 17, 2015 during the College of Education Excellence in Teaching Conference. The recipients were nominated by students who felt these professors demonstrated the zeal and dedication for teaching that was obvious in Dr. Hadley. Dr. Wynton Hadley served the College of Education for over 25 years in the capacity of professor, department chair and assistant dean. Dr. Hadley loved teaching, loved her students and loved the College of Education. Congratulations to Dr. Hudson for a well-deserved honor.
Dr. Beverlyn Cain, Birth to Kindergarten Clinical Assistant Professor from the Department of Elementary Education, will be presenting a "Read-Round-About Raising Global Awareness" on Saturday, November 7th at the North Regional Branch Library. She will be in the children's section of the library from 2pm until 3pm. Young children are invited to attend for the one hour of story time and hands-on activities. Children are encouraged to wear their favorite hat.