Member Spotlight

Do you love your job, have you benefited from a membership in Iowa AEYC, or are you a new member wanting to introduce yourself? Iowa AEYC started a new feature in our Weekly to spotlight members. Simply go to our Member Spotlight Questionnaire, enter your name and email,  and answer a few questions you select. Members will also be spotlighted here on our website so that both members and non-members can see the importance of our members and our association to the early childhood field.

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Elizabeth Miner

Elizabeth is the Executive Director of the Ames Community Preschool Center (ACPC), a private non-profit in its 50th year of service to the community. They have eight sites in Ames and serve roughly 400 children between 18 months and 12 years of age.

She became a member of Iowa AEYC a few years ago because she believes in the organization’s mission “all young children thrive and learn in a society dedicated to ensuring they reach their full potential,” and wants to be part of that work.

When Elizabeth started college, she was certain she wanted to be a speech pathologist; but after a few years of study, it just didn’t seem like the right fit anymore. During a semester studying abroad in Croatia she spent time teaching English to children. It was there that she realized her passion was working with young children and she hasn’t looked back since. While attending college in Iowa City she worked part-time at a couple of early childhood centers and her first full-time position was as a twos teacher in Chicago. Before starting at ACPC, she was a Center Director at a private corporately run center in Chicago. She moved back to Iowa, where she grew up, to be closer to her family. She was particularly drawn to the non-profit aspect of ACPC and its deep roots in the community.

Q & A
What advice would you give to someone starting his or her career in early childhood education?
Practice self-care. It is easy to get caught up in caring for others and to forget to fuel yourself. You have more to give when you are at your best.
 
Why do you continue your membership each year?
Because there is always more to learn, and there is so much work to do in the area of advocacy.
 
What NAEYC/Iowa AEYC benefit do you MOST value?
The print subscription to Young Children or Teaching Young Children.
 
What is your favorite association memory?
Presenting at the annual NAEYC conference for the first time in Washington D.C.
 
What are some accomplishments you are particularly proud of?
I am proud of having held nearly every position in an ECE environment. These experiences help me every day in my current role as Director. Other professional highlights I take pride in include winning an Educator Award in 2012 and presenting twice at the NAEYC national conference.
 
What is your favorite children’s book, and why?
I frequently ask this question during interviews and frequently think of myself I wouldn’t know how to answer. My favorite children’s book really depends on the moment. Books have a magical power to transform moments and the possibilities are endless. A book can calm a room, teach empathy, practice math skills, or incite a room full of laughter. As a teacher, I have always cherished the moments the perfect book helped create.
 
Tell us something fun about yourself.
When I’m not at work, I enjoy spending time with family and my two pug mix dogs, Sandwich and Ruth Bader Dogsburg.
 
What are you reading right now?
"Norse Mythology" by Neil Gaiman
 
 

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