National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators

Past Award Recipients

2018 Awards and Recipients

  • NAECTE/Pearson Outstanding Early Childhood Teacher Educator Award was presented to:
    Kimberly Ciroli, Ohio University Eastern
  • NAECTE/Taylor & Francis Outstanding Early Childhood Teacher Educator Award was presented to:
    Dr. Sophia Han, University of South Florida
  • NAECTE/Cengage Outstanding Dissertation Award was presented to:
    Dr. Erika Baril, University of New Hampshire
  • NAECTE/Cengage Outstanding Practitioner Award was presented to:
    Jennifer Barnes, Center for Inquiry, Columbia, S.C.
  • NAECTE Foundation Early Career Research Award was presented to:
    Dr. Ruth Facun-Granadozo, East Tennessee State University
  • NAECTE Foundation Established Career Research Award was presented to:
    Dr. Cynthia DiCarlo, Louisiana State University
  • NAECTE Foundation Doctoral Scholarship Award was presented to:
    Tsitsi Nyabando, East Tennessee State University
  • NAECTE/Taylor & Francis Travel Grant was presented to:
    Demi Siskind, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education Outstanding Journal Article of the Year was presented to:
    Drs. Anna Lee and Adam S. Kennedy for their article titled, Community-based collaboration for early childhood teacher education: Partner experiences and perspectives as co-teacher educators.

2017 Awards and Recipients

  • NAECTE/Pearson Outstanding Early Childhood Teacher Educator Award was presented to:
    Dr. Carrie Ota, Weber State University
  • NAECTE/Taylor & Francis Outstanding Early Childhood Teacher Educator Award was presented to:
    Dr. Jan Burcham, Columbus State University
  •  NAECTE/Cengage Outstanding Dissertation Award was presented to:
    Dr. Rebekah Marcum, Tennessee Technological University – “It’s Part of Me: A narrative inquiry into the
    intersection of early childhood teachers’ religious and teacher identities
  • NAECTE FOUNDATION Early Career Research Award was presented to:
    Dr. Christine Lippard, Iowa State University
  • NAECTE/Taylor & Frances Distinguished JECTE Journal Article Award was presented to:
    Dr. Chris Brown and Dr. Joanna Englehardt , University of Texas at Ausin – “Conceptions of and Early
    Childhood Educators’ Experiences in Early Childhood Professional Development Programs: A Qualitative
    Metasynthesis”
  • NAECTE FOUNDATION Outstanding Dissertation Award was presented to:
    Dr. Courtney Beers, University of Oklahoma – “Early Childhood Preservice Teachers’ Knowledge of
    Children’s Cognitive Development and Developmentally Appropriate Pedagogical Practices:
    Understanding the role of clinical experiences”
  • NAECTE/Taylor & Francis Travel Grants
    Brittany Hewett, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
    Demi Siskind, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

2016 Awards and Recipients

  • NAECTE/Pearson Outstanding Early Childhood Teacher Educator Award was presented to:
    Dr. Meir Muller, University of South Carolina
  • NAECTE/Taylor & Francis Outstanding Early Childhood Teacher Educator Award was presented to:
    Dr. Susan L. Recchia, Teachers College, Columbia
  • NAECTE/Pearson Outstanding Dissertation Award was presented to:
    Dr. Yasmin Morales Alexander, Teachers College, Columbia – “Family Engagement Practices through a Multi-Cultural Lens: Mexican Immigrant Families in a New York City Neighborhood”
  • NAECTE/Cengage Outstanding Practitioner Award was presented to:
    Dr. Patricia Eaton, Tulsa Public Schools
  • NAECTE/Taylor & Frances Distinguished JECTE Journal Article Award was presented to:
    Drs. Susan L. Recchia, Seung Yeon Lee, and Minsun Shin – Preparing Early Childhood Professionals for Relationship-Based Work With Infants”
  • NAECTE/Taylor & Frances Travel Grants were presented to:
    Seung Eun McDevitt, Teachers College, Columbia University
    Tsitsi Cecilia Nyabnado, East Tennessee State University

2015 Awards and Recipients

  • NAECTE/Pearson Outstanding Early Childhood Teacher Educator Award was presented to:
    Dr. Julie Bullard, University of Montana- Western
  • NAECTE/Taylor & Francis Outstanding Early Childhood Teacher Educator Award was presented to:
    Dr. Sharon Ryan, Rutgers University
  • NAECTE/Pearson Outstanding Dissertation Award was presented to:
    Dr. Ingrid Anderson, Portland State University – “Early Childhood Educators’ Perception of Oregon’s Professional Development System: A Hermeneutic Phenomenological Study”
  • NAECTE Outstanding Practitioner Award was presented to:
    Isauro M. Escamilla, San Francisco Unified School District
  • NAECTE Outstanding JECTE Journal Article Award was presented to:
    Drs. Elizabeth Graue, Kristin Whyte and Kate Kresin Delaney“Fostering Culturally and Developmentally Responsive Teaching Through Improvisational Practice”
  • NAECTE Foundation Early Career Research Award was presented to:
    Dr. Stephanie C. Sanders-Smith, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign – “Learning to understand families: Instruction in building family partnerships for pre-service early childhood teachers”
    Dr. Adam S. Kennedy, Loyola University Chicago – “Outcomes of community-based birth-to-five preparation sequences for undergraduate early childhood special education teacher candidates”
  • NAECTE Foundation Early Career Research Award was presented to:
    Courtney Beers, Florida Atlantic University – “Early childhood preservice teachers’ knowledge of children’s cognitive development and developmentally appropriate pedagogical practices: Understanding the role of clinical experiences”
    Traci L. Kervin, Florida State University – “The use of peer collaboration and video technology to support the reflective practice of pre-service teachers”

2014 Awards and Recipients

  • NAECTE/Pearson Outstanding Early Childhood Teacher Educator Award was presented to:
    Dr. Christopher P. Brown, University of Texas at Austin
  • NAECTE/Taylor & Francis Outstanding Early Childhood Teacher Educator Award was presented to:
    Dr. Julia Atiles, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • NAECTE/Pearson Outstanding Dissertation Award was presented to:
    Dr. Megan Gibson, Queensland University of Technology – “Producing and Maintaining Professional Identities in Early Childhood
  • NAECTE Outstanding Practitioner Award was presented to:
    Nichole Jones, Tulsa Public Schools
  • NAECTE Outstanding JECTE Journal Article Award was presented to:
    Drs. Diane Horm, Marilou Hyson, and Pamela Winton, “Research on Early Childhood Teacher Education: Evidence from Three Domains and Recommendations for Moving Forward
  • NAECTE Foundation Early Career Research Award was presented to:
    Dr. Jill Lynn Jacobi-Vessels, University of Louisville – “Enhancing Pre-Service Efficacy in Teaching Early Childhood Science
  • NAECTE Foundation Early Career Research Award was presented to:
    Dr. Jennifer L. Gilliard, University of Montana-Western – “A Qualitative Investigation of Academic Resiliency in American Indian Early Childhood and Elementary Education College Students
  • NAECTE Travel Grants were awarded to Afshan Amjad, University of Alberta Canada; and Maryam Sharifian, State University of New York at Buffalo

2013 Awards and Recipients

  • NAECTE/Pearson Outstanding Early Childhood Teacher Educator Award was presented to:
    Dr. Christine Chaille`, Portland State University
  • NAECTE/Taylor & Francis Outstanding Early Childhood Teacher Educator Award was presented to:
    Dr. Tamar Jacobson, Rider University
  • NAECTE/Pearson Outstanding Dissertation Award was presented to:
    Dr. Carolyn J. Griess, Pennsylvania State University – “Educating Early Educators: Voices of Early Childhood Educators Participating in Formal Education as Part of a Statewide Quality Rating Improvement System
    Dr. Sue Ann E. Mankiw, Rutgers, The University of New Jersey – “Using Children’s Literature to Examine the Disability Discourses of Early Childhood Pre-Service Teachers
  • NAECTE Outstanding JECTE Journal Article Award was presented to:
    Tasha Tropp Laman, Erin T. Miller, and Julia López-Robertson, The University of South Carolina – “Noticing and Naming as Social Practice: Examining the Relevance of a Contextualized Field-Based Early Childhood Literacy Methods CoursMariana Souto-Manning and Detra Price-Dennis, Columbia University and The University of Texas at Austin – “Critically Redefining and Repositioning Media Texts in Early Childhood Teacher Education: What if? And Why?
  • NAECTE Foundation Research Award was presented to Christopher P. Brown, University of Texas, Austin Proposal – “Helping Early Educators Rethink Appropriate Instruction with Diverse Children in a High-Stakes Teaching Context
  • NAECTE Foundation Scholarship Award was presented to Michelle Clevenger, University of South Carolina – “A Mixed Methods Study of Pre-Service Teachers’ Experiences with and Beliefs about the Role of Play in Kindergarten: Implications for Early Childhood Teacher Educators
  • NAECTE Travel Grants were awarded to Jennifer Ward, University of South Florida; and Kristie Dickie, Oklahoma State University

2012 Awards and Recipients

  • NAECTE/Pearson Outstanding Early Childhood Teacher Educator Award was presented to Dr. Nancy K. Freeman, University of South Carolina
  • NAECTE/Pearson Outstanding Dissertation Award was presented to Dr. Cindy Lee Ryan, Western Oregon University – “Head Start Teachers’ Beliefs and Practices Related to Positive Teacher-Child Relationships in the Classroom
  • NAECTE Technology Leadership Award was presented to Dr. Will Parnell, Portland State University – “iDocument: How Smartphones and Tablets are Changing Documentation in Preschool and Primary Classrooms
  • NAECTE Outstanding JECTE Journal Article Award was presented to Dr. Jennifer Keys Adair, University of Texas – “Confirming Chanclas: What Early Childhood Teacher Educators Can Learn From Immigrant Preschool Teachers
  • NAECTE Foundation Research Award was presented to Dr. Karen M. LaParo, University of North Caronlina, Greensboro – “Preservice Teachers and Cooperating Teachers in Early Care and Education Practicum Classrooms: Communication and Relationships

2011 Awards and Recipients

  • NAECTE/Pearson Outstanding Early Childhood Teacher Educator Award was presented to Dr. Jane Blakely Keat, Pennsylvania State University
  • NAECTE/Pearson Outstanding Dissertation Award was presented to Dr. Kara Ahmed, Columbia University 26 and Counting: Examining the Early Launch to Learning Initiative (ELLI), New Jersey’s Effort Towards Creating a Universal Preschool System
  • NAECTE/Taylor & Francis Outstanding JECTE Journal Article was presented to Jeffrey Trawick-Smith and Tracy Dziurgot, Eastern Connecticut State University Untangling Teacher-Child Play Interactions: Do Teacher Education and Experience Influence “Good Fit” Responses to Children’s Play?
  • NAECTE Foundation Research Award was presented to Anna H. Hall, University of Kentucky Developmental and Initial Psychometric Evaluation of the Writing Attitude Scale for Teachers (WAST)

2010 Awards and Recipients

  • NAECTE/Cengage Learning Outstanding Early Childhood Practitioner Award was presented to Angela Carr, Kindergarten Teacher, Huntsville City Schools, Alabama
  • NAECTE/Pearson Outstanding Early Childhood Teacher Educator Award was presented to Dr. Janis Strasser, William Paterson University
  • NAECTE/Pearson Outstanding Dissertation Award was presented to Sandra Bequette, Oklahoma State University Kindergarten Students’ Exploratory Math Talk Within a Collaborative Discourse Community
  • NAECTE Foundation Research Award was presented to Desalyn De-Souza, Syracuse University Child Care Center Directors’ Perceptions of Continuity of Care: A Qualitative Investigation
  • The 2010 NAECTE/ Taylor & Francis Outstanding JECTE Journal Article was presented to:
    Janice Kroeger, Sandra Pech, & Jennifer Cope, Kent State University Investigating Change in Field Sites through Mentor and Candidate Dialogues
    *Honorable Mention was presented to Linda Hestenes, Karen LaParo, Catherine Scott-Little, Swetha Chakravarthi, Joanna Lower, Angie Cranor, Deborah Cassidy, & Judith Niemeyer, University of North Carolina at Greensboro Team Teaching in an Early Childhood Interdisciplinary Program: A Decade of Lessons Learned

2009 Awards and Recipients

  • NAECTE/Cengage Learning Outstanding Early Childhood Practitioner Award was presented to Cindy Gennarelli Director/Adjunct Faculty William Paterson University.
  • Early Childhood Teacher Educator Award, sponsored by Pearson Merrill was presented to Jie-Qi Chen PhD Erikson Institute.
  • Outstanding Dissertation Award, sponsored by Pearson Merrill was presented to Jennifer McCray PhD, Erikson Institute/Loyola University Chicago.
  • Technology Leadership Award, sponsored by the National Technology Leadership Coalition was presented to Kathleen M. Sheridan PhD and Leslie K. Curda PhD, National-Louis University.
  • The 2009 Outstanding Research Article Award, sponsored by Taylor & Francis, was presented to Fabienne Doucet, New York University.

1992-2009 Awards and Recipients

NAECTE / Pearson
Outstanding Early ChildhoodTeacher Educator Award

2009 Jie-Qi Chen Erikson Institute
2008 Francis O’Connell Rust Erikson Institute
2007 Dr. Blythe Hinitz The College of New Jersey
2006 Joan P. Isenberg George Mason University
2005 Holly Seplocha William Patterson University
2004 Marjorie Fields University of Alaska SE
2003 Michael Davis Virginia Commonwealth University
2002 Stephanie Feeney University of Hawaii
2001 Diane Burts Louisiana State University
2000 Doris Bergen Miami University, Ohio
1999 Rosalind Charlesworth Weber State University
1999 Anne Dorsey University of Cincinnati
1998 Kathryn Castle Oklahoma State University
1998 Janet Taylor Auburn Iniversity
1996 Doris Fromberg Hofstra University
1995 Verna Hildebrand Michigan State University

NAECTE / Cengage
Outstanding Early Childhood Practitioner Award

2009 Cindy Gennarelli William Patterson University
2007 Jonathan Gillentine University of Hawaii
2006 Jennifer Thompson Gastineau Elementary, Juneau, AK
2005 Denise Dark Opelika City Schools, Opelika, AL
2004 Jennie Kuhn Martin Ave. School, Long Island, NY
2003 Susan Gitting Lincoln School, River Forest, IL
2002 Patricia Lindstrom
2001 Charlotte Sassman Alice Carlson Applied Learning Center Fort Worth, TX
2000 Marilyn Tolbert Bryson Elementary, Fort Worth TX
1999 Carolyn Keasal Valley, Alabama
1998 Gail Ritchie Kings Park Elementary, Fairfax County, VA

NAECTE / Pearson
Outstanding Dissertation Award

2009 Jennifer McCray Erikson Institute/ Loyola University
2008 Sheri Lefagren Kent State University
2007 Dr. Debra Ackerman Institute for Early Education Research
2006 Michaela Cole Walden University
2005 Gail Wai-Kwan Yuen Columbia University
2004 Tricia Giovacco Johnson Columbia University
2003 Anita Gupta Columbia University
2002 Janine Certo
2001 Jody Eberly Rutgers University
2000 Dina Rosen New York University
1998 Georgia Franyo University of Delaware
1997 Lara Fade University of Maryland at College Park
1996 Sheila B. Morse University of Missouri, St. Louis
1995 Rachel Theilheimer Columbia University
1994 Val Dubois Brunell
1992 Jie-Qi(Jackie) Chen Tufts University

NAECTE Foundation

2008 Susan Recchia Teachers College, Columbia University
2007 Muriel Rand New Jersey City University
2005 Cynthia Paris University of Delaware

Technology Award

2009 Kathleen Sheridan & Leslie Curda
2008 Leslie Couse & Dora Chen National-Louis University Tablet Computers for Young Children

NAECTE Outstanding JECTE Journal Article Award
In addition to these awards, NAECTE and Taylor Francis sponsor the NAECTE Outstanding JECTE Journal Article Award. The Editor of the journal in cooperation with members of the Editorial Board selects the winning article.

  • The 2008 award winners were: Pamela Brown, Karen Rogers, Kathryn Castle, Caren Fauerhelm and Sara Chimblo for their article in volume 28, number 1, entitled: The nature of primary teaching: Body, time, space and relationship.
  • The 2007 award winners were: Jie-Qi Chen and Gillian McNamee for their article in Volume 27, number 2, entitled Strengthening Early Childhood Teacher Preparation: Integrating Assessment, Curriculum Development, and Instructional Practice in Student Teaching.