Nancy brings her passion for early childhood education and building communities to her work at AnLar. She is a skilled facilitator, trainer, technical assistance provider, coach, and life-long learner. She has expertise in early childhood education, early intervention, preschool special education, Pyramid Model, Infant Mental Health, inclusion, and communities of practice.
Nancy obtained her Masters from Michigan State University in Family Studies and her Bachelors of Applied Arts from Central Michigan University in Child Development, Business and Psychology. She received a Certification in Fund Raising Management in 2011 and a Infant Mental Health Mentor-Policy endorsement in 2019. She is the co-author of the book, ‘Growing Together: Developing and Sustaining a Community of Practice in Early Childhood’, published by Gryphon House in the fall of 2019.
Before joining AnLar, Nancy was the Training and Technical Assistance (T&TA) Manager for Michigan for 10 years. In that role, she ensured the development and implementation of the comprehensive system of professional development for Michigan’s early intervention and preschool special education systems. She was actively involved in many state initiatives such as the Part C State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP), Preschool Inclusion workgroup, and the Kindergarten to Third Grade Components of Quality. She was the aRPy Ambassador for Michigan to promote the use of the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) Recommended Practices throughout Michigan. Prior to working as T&TA Manager, Nancy was director for 5 years of the newly established Sanilac County Kids Connection, a nonprofit organization created to provide a one-stop multi-agency children’s services center. Under her direction, the Sanilac County Kids’ Connection won the DTE Energy Foundation Collaboration Award in 2008 and received the ‘Promise Place’ designation for 2009 from America’s Promise. Prior to being director, she was an area manager for 8 years supervising Head Start programs.
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