NAAEYC endorses high-quality early learning for all children, birth through age 8. We promote a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession by empowering all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children, through advocacy, leadership and professional development.
All children have the right to equitable learning opportunities that enable them to achieve their full potential as engaged learners and valued members of society. (NAEYC Advancing Equity in Early Childhood Education Position Statement)
NAEYC Lasting Legacy Scholarship Recipients for 2019

After reviewing more than 240 Lasting Legacy Scholarship applications, the Lasting Legacy Selection Committee has chosen ten emerging ECE leaders who will receive scholarships to NAEYC’s Annual Conference.


They are:

· Allison VanLoon, New Brighton, MN, the Gera Jacobs Lasting Legacy Scholar

· Caitlin Curtis, Portland, OR

· Daniella Barreras, Scottsdale, AZ

· David Banzer, Franklin Park, IL

· Ian Schiefelbein, Albuquerque, NM, the Hal Kaplan Emerging Leader Scholar

· Jason Sims, Mount Pleasant, SC

· Keena Gentry, Renton, WA, the Jerlean Daniel Lasting Legacy Scholar

· Leah Catching, San Francisco, CA

· Michelle Grantham-Caston, Baton Rouge, LA

· Narges Sareh, Johnson City, TN

NAAEYC is proud to spotlight and congratulate Narges Sareh as a Lasting Legacy Scholarship recipient in Tennessee! Narges is recognized for her work in the Early Childhood field and her pursuit of a doctoral degree at ETSU.

Narges Sareh is currently a doctoral fellow in Early Childhood Education, East Tennessee State University. Narges does research in Primary Education, Pre-school Education and International Education. Her current project is "Gender Differences in Preschool Children's Spatial Abilities and its relationship with the amount of time spent in block center."

Narges Sareh

Johnson City, TN