Southeast Arkansas Early Childhood Association (SEAECA)
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MEET THE BOARD
Faith Hurd is currently the Department Chair for Early Childhood (EC) Education at the University of Arkansas at Monticello College of Technology McGehee. She has been involved in education for 10+ years now. Faith does professional development training for ECEP and UAFS and advises on several committees. Her great passion is bringing encouragement, and information to professionals and students within the EC field. She believes in advocating for children, families, and the EC community. Being a part of the Southeast, Arkansas AECA (SE AECA) affiliation Faith plans to work with the Southeast area in providing material, professional development, and by being a resource through which connections are built throughout Arkansas with all EC professionals and organizations.
My name is Emily Groves, I am a wife and mother of 3 boys who loves working with and teaching about children. I am currently employed by The University of Arkansas at Monticello College of Technology McGehee as an Instructor of Early Childhood Education. I love my job because I get to teach future teachers best practices and prepare them for what’s to come in the classroom. I look forward to having a local AECA chapter and being involved in advocating for children!
Gaynell R. Jamison, is an Early Childhood Trainer, Reading Specialist and Children’s Author. She has 40+ years of experience in education. She has done extensive study in the field of literacy with over 20 years of experience, teaching reading and administering reading programs in Southeast Arkansas. She has presented at conferences and workshops on the local, state, and national level. Most recently, she has conducted several virtual early childhood trainings for early childhood staff and administrators statewide.
I have been in ECE for 34+ years. I began as a Public-School Kindergarten teacher in the school district where I had gone as an elementary student. Later I moved to another school district as a Kindergarten Teacher. When the district decided to start a preschool program, the principal asked me to start the program with 2 preschool classrooms and about 30 children. I was the director and one of the classroom teachers. Next, I was recruited by Rivers Technical Institute to be the new ECE instructor. I left UAM in 2015 and went to C. B. King Memorial School to be their Director of Programs working in the Early Intervention Day Treatment Centers serving infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with developmental delays, and in the Adult Day Treatment program with adults with developmental disabilities as well as training and mentoring the teachers and directors. Currently I am also an ECEP trainer for University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and I occasionally adjunct for Ms. Hurd at UAM CTM. I have one daughter, Victoria. I have a dog named Leo and Victoria has a dog named Fritz.