Reenergizing educators, enriching youth

0 Comments 📅October 11th, 2013, 14:46
TAEYC vendors set up in the Convention Center concourse.

TAEYC vendors set up in the Convention Center concourse.

This week, the Knoxville Convention Center has become a hub of enriching childhood education in Tennessee as it hosts the 59th Annual Conference of the Tennessee Association for the Education of Young Children, Oct. 10-12.

The three-day event allows educators to recharge their passion for enriching the lives and minds of Tennessee’s youth. These dedicated educators are united through the TAEYC for the noble cause of helping young students and “reaching potential together.” Preparing young people for greatness paves the way for the future of our state, region and nation.

On Thursday, I slipped into our ballroom to hear Dr. Bruce D. Perry, founder of the Child Trauma Academy, deliver an enlightening speech about his research on the devastating effects of early childhood trauma. In addition to the great headline speakers, the conference features activities that allow educators to network, share ideas and grow together in their mission. They also can visit multiple vendors who are selling fun, informative supplies to enhance classrooms all across Tennessee.

Thursday's keynote speaker Dr. Bruce Perry addresses educators.

Thursday’s keynote speaker Dr. Bruce Perry addresses educators.

Keynote speakers throughout the three-day conference included Knoxville’s own Joan Cronan, the first female to serve as men’s athletics director at the University of Tennessee, and numerous early childhood education experts. The group will also enjoy a respite from the educational sessions with comedian Leanne Morgan.

As we all know, education is essential to the growth and development of Tennessee’s youth. The TAEYC is dedicated to providing its members with professional development opportunities that allow them to advocate for best practices in providing education and care for children throughout their development.

Educators make a profound impact on America’s youth and, subsequently, impact the future of our nation. Teachers and their roles in the classroom should be valued as essential to the development of our nation. That’s why I am so proud to host them here in our center and witness how they are shaping the young minds in Tennessee classrooms. Extending their hearts, minds and open arms to children everywhere, these men and women are a true gift to our schools and communities.

I am proud they came here to reenergize, reinvigorate and renew their passion.

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