Vote for NMAEYC's New Board Members!
NMAEYC members are invited to vote for the candidate of their choice for our open positions on the NMAEYC Board! All members will receive an email with the link to vote available. If you need a paper ballot or did not receive the voting link, please call us at (505) 243-5437. Voting has begun and will end April 30, 2017!
Review each of the opening positions with the corresponding candidates below!
Cristal Dawn Wilson
Cristal is a NM PreK Teacher at Coral Community Charter School in Albuquerque. Her studies in Early Childhood Multicultural Education (ECME) and Early Childhood Special Education demonstrate her commitment to New Mexico's young children.
Cristal strives to share organization, purpose, passion, courage, and confidence. She is committed to personal challenge, professional growth, and reflective life-long learning. She will use her experience to bring growth and support to the initiatives of the Early Childhood profession as the next Treasurer for NMAEYC.
Barbara has been a co-teacher at Paradise Hills Community Preschool and has been a director there for 20 years. She got her degree in ECME, became active with NAEYC as she discovered the value of the organization, and has pushed her program to obtain NAEYC national accreditation for the past 10 years. She has had experience with finances, business organizatio n, curriculum development, staff training, board memberships, parenting workshops and has been a an advocate for children since directing her preschool and being an active part of her community.
Vice President of Professional Development
Emily Aragon is a life-long learner of Early Childhood Education and Leadership. She builds her leadership philosophy upon the premise that the best leaders help others grow (Brogan & Smith, 2010). By promoting interesting, culturally relevant professional development opportunities, her goal is to encourage and empower others while also learning from them. Emily is a Doctoral Candidate in Transformational Leadership.
As a Program Manager for the University of New Mexico's Early Childhood Services Center and a Professor in the Early Childhood Multicultural Education Program at CNM in Albuquerque, NM; I feel my experience in early childhood has prepared me to continue working on improving the access to professional development opportunities to early childhood educators. Being a part of the board would allow me to further expand the reach for all communities in New Mexico.
I have a master's degree in education from Bank Street, have been in early childhood for 30 years and a PreK consultant for 4 1/2. PD is a high priority in NM and it is important to me to help teachers and other EC professionals to move forward in their fields. This has a direct positive impact on the children we serve in our state.
Joanha M. Strelow
I am Joanha M. Strelow, I live in Santa Fe, NM where I am the assistant director at Flores Del Sol Head Start. I received my BA from NMHU in 2008 in ECE. I have been a part of NMAEYC for a few years now. I have also been involved with NE-NMAEYC, where I was the past president and was able to provide training to areas in and around Santa Fe. One goal I have is to provide professional development opportunities to our rural communities in New Mexico.
Vice President of Public Policy
Kathy DeSoto-Strickland, a PreK teacher in Grants, is currently serving as NMAEYC's Vice President of Public Policy. She also has represented the Four Corners region. She has worked to ensure that voices of ECE are heard by participating in and hosting NM Public Policy events. She has represented NM in Washington D.C. at NAEYC events and met with NM congressional legislators. She advocated for NMAEYC to endorse the EC Constitutional Amendment, HJR1, which will increase EC funding in NM.
Dr. Michelle Croasdell is currently the Early Childhood Consultant and Instructional Coach for the Laguna Division of EC. She has taught EC educators at UNM for the last 15 years in curriculum, professionalism, health safety and nutrition, and EC policy-advocacy-reform courses. Her passion is teaching policy and politics to EC teachers to help them advocate for their students as well as their profession. Her research emphasis has been focused on the power of play-based learning.