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Questions for Tabatha Rosproy?

  • 1.  Questions for Tabatha Rosproy?

    Posted 10-14-2020 02:36 PM
    On November 8, Tabatha Rosproy, the FIRST preschool teacher to be named Teacher of the Year, will be the opening plenary speaker for the NAEYC 2020 Annual Conference! Let us know, here on HELLO, what questions you have for her. We'll share them with her and post her responses to select questions on The deadline for posting your questions is Sunday, October 18!

    Gill Walker
    National Association for the Education of Young Children
    Washington DC

  • 2.  RE: Questions for Tabatha Rosproy?

    Posted 10-15-2020 07:24 AM
    Gill, I am SO excited that she will be part of the Annual Conference!  I had the pleasure of hearing/seeing Tabatha on a webinar last week hosted by the Hunt Institute; her enthusiasm was inspiring!  I would love to have her respond to:
    • What are the highly valued components of full group experiences for preschoolers (i.e. circle time)?
    • In the ideal world, what changes would one see in early childhood education?
    • What strategies does she use to keep her optimism and enthusiasm up in the face of very difficult times.

    Thank you for considering these questions.
    Kristen Kennen

    Kristen Kennen
    Early Childhood Education Specialist
    Danbury, CT

  • 3.  RE: Questions for Tabatha Rosproy?

    Posted 10-17-2020 11:20 AM
    First of all I wanted to say congratulations to Tabatha Rosproy! It shows that we are actually making great progress in acknowledgment of early childhood education that a preschool teacher has finally been named teacher of the year so congratulations! I do have a question, "how does it feel?"
    So often when I'm asked, "oh, you're a teacher...what grade?" I explain that I work in early childhood education the audience then replied with, "so, you're JUST a daycare worker." The disconnect that a teacher can only be K-12 has always bothered me and the bias that occurs from majority of people who ask me the question and do not realize that ECE is equally if not more essential to our youth and their lifelong learning. So I guess my second question to you is, "how do you respond to that type of interpretation of teaching and education?"
    Congratulations again!!!!

    Elizabeth Waynick
    Education and Training Technician
    Hampton VA