WMU News

Fails-Nelson, Harris take top posts with education group

Nov. 12, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- Regena Fails-Nelson, associate professor of teaching, learning and leadership at Western Michigan University, recently was named president-elect of the Michigan Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators

WMU's Barbara Harris was named to the organization's leadership as a member-at-large. Harris is also an associate professor of teaching, learning and leadership in the College of Education.

In addition to doing research and advocacy work, MiAECTE promotes quality teacher education programs and professional development in Michigan for those preparing to teach children from birth to 8 years old.

When her tenure as president begins in January, Fails-Nelson plans to draw on her extensive experience in early childhood teacher education program accreditation at the national level. "As such, I will help improve early childhood teacher education programs in Michigan so they are all able to meet the new national standards that were adopted in 2002," she says.

Media contact: Gail Towns, 269 387-8400, gail.towns@wmich.edu

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