Eboni spends her time at AnLar supporting the professional growth and development of early childhood educators and leaders. Specifically, she works on three projects focused on strengthening practices in early childhood leadership across the state of Louisiana and she also provides technical assistance to clients to support meaningful access to preschool for young children with disabilities. She currently serves as the Lead Coach and faculty for the Louisiana Early Leaders Academy (LELA), and the Instructional Leadership Institute for Early Learning Leaders (ILI), two professional development fellowship opportunities for early learning directors in the state of Louisiana. She designs and facilitates content for coaches’ and directors’ communities of practice on topics of leadership development.
Prior to coming to AnLar, Eboni served as the founding executive director of a charter school-based, diverse by design early learning center, serving nearly 150 children through diverse-by-design delivery including Head Start and Early Head Start child care partnerships. With almost 20 years of experience, Eboni has cultivated a broad background in early childhood education, research, and educational policy. She has taught children from preschool through first grade, and has worked as a trainer and research analyst for the Office of Head Start and the U.S. Department of Education. A collaborative leader, Walker has served on the National Education Association Foundation’s Awards for Teaching Excellence National Selection Panel, and on the Louisiana Department of Education’s Early Childhood Curriculum Review Team, and the Department’s Early Learning and Development Standards Review Team. Eboni also was named a 2021 Exchange Leader by the Exchange Press, Exchange Leadership Initiative. Eboni holds a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Georgia State University and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Child Development from Spelman College.
Eboni lives in New Orleans with her son and parents. She is a former hand dance (swing dance) competitor, a maker (and canner) of pepper jelly, and has aspirations of traveling to destination spa resorts in Arizona.