Issue 505: 7 / 1 / 2013

TECTA’s 2013 Celebration

Pictured (left to right) are ...

Pictured (left to right) are Wendy Biggs, Jennifer Thompson, Brigitt Kelley, Lenora Joyner, Ashawandi Hayes, Monica Harvey, and Gloria Barnett.

Each year, Southwest’s Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance (TECTA) program has a celebration to honor students who've earn the national Child Development Associate Credential and the TN Administrator Credential. This year’s celebration was held on June 15 in the Nabors Auditorium on the Macon Cove Campus.

Elizabeth Wilson, director of TECTA, capsulized the significance of the celebration, “…The ladies that we honor today, and each year at our celebration, have taken the initiative to go to college to learn more about child development, brain development, developmentally appropriate teaching styles, and how to best help children love to learn. They have demonstrated their knowledge and skill through a variety of methods included in the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credentialing process. The application process is intense and includes five stages (written expressions of competence, resource gathering, a written test, an oral interview, and an onsite observation of skills). They are making a difference every day in the lives of young children and their families!" said Wilson.

The speaker for the celebration was Family and Consumer Sciences Educator Blanche Wilson whose professional career includes serving as a teacher for Memphis City Schools, a Head Start director in Middle Tennessee, the director of Student Life and Leadership for Austin Peay State University, the director of Research and Grants Development at the University of South Florida, and manager of the Tennessee Early Childhood Program Administrator Credential training program.

Blanch enumerated the contributions child care givers make to our society. She challenged the honorees to recognize and embrace their amazing influence in shaping the lives of our future leaders. She climaxed her presentation with the YouTube video clip, “A Pep Talk from Kid President.”


Child Development Associate Credential 

  • Ashley Andres
  • Gloria Barnett
  • Wendy Biggs
  • Clonia Givhan
  • Stephanie Glover
  • Monica Harvey
  • Ashawandi Hayes
  • Lenora Joyner
  • Brigitt Kelley
  • Lakeshia Meeks-Washington
  • Pamela Miller
  • Marshleen Petterson
  • Leslie Slavinsky
  • Kedra Smigh
  • Jennifer Thompson
  • Glenda Yarbrough

Tennessee Early Childhood Program Administrator Credential

  • Shellely Arthur
  • Sandra Caille

View 2013 TECTA Celebration Photo Gallery.