We wanted to give a shout out to Jennifer Bowman who received the Marion B. Hamilton Award at the Southern Early Childhood Association conference!

The award was created in honor of Marion B. Hamilton, a past president of the Southern Association on Children Under Six (SACUS), now SECA. Grants of $250 are awarded each year by designated states to strengthen local affiliates/chapters or to recognize outstanding leader ship. The criteria used by the state to make the selection are the following: Leadership, Initiative and Dedication.

Jennifer Bowman received a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and has served in various teaching roles with children ranging from infancy to preschool. She received a Master of Science degree in Human Development and Family Sciences from the University of Arkansas after completing her coursework and research on the effects of book format on joint book reading interactions of parents and preschoolers. Jennifer served as a teaching assistant and research associate during her graduate career as well as a part-time instructor within the University of Arkansas, School of Human Environmental Sciences. Currently, Jennifer is involved in writing, creating, and implementing the professional development materials for the courses she oversees at University of Arkansas, Early Care and Education Projects. Jennifer is also involved in several professional organizations, including the Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA) and Arkansas Early Childhood Association (AECA), where she currently serves as President of the Northwest AECA affiliate.

Join us in congratulating Jennifer!

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