Bloomingdale’s Education Director, Marilyn Scudder-Barnwell, was named 2015 Early Literacy Educator of the Year by the Early Childhood Education Assembly of the National Council of Teachers of English. Also honored was Bloomingdale teacher and site-leader Joyce V. Dye, who received the Mariana Souto-Manning Teacher Scholarship. The awards were presented at the Assembly’s annual meeting in Minneapolis in November.
In honoring Marilyn as Teacher of the Year, the Early Childhood Education Assembly cited “her holistic, inclusive approach to education [that] frames children, families, and teachers as powerful resources in their classrooms and communities.”
The scholarship award honored Joyce for the “creative educational environment that addresses all the domains of learning for the children in her class … and the relationships Joyce builds with parents [that] enrich her partnerships with the children and contribute to their learning experiences.”
Both honorees are long-time Bloomingdale staff members, Marilyn since 1980 and Joyce since 1991. “Their vision, and their ability to exemplify best practices in our early childhood classrooms, are an inspiration to all of us,” said José F. Velilla, Bloomingdale’s Executive Director, “and all of us at Bloomingdale – our teachers, our families, and our children – are honored at this recognition of our program.”