Siobian Minish, a lead infant teacher in the Child Development Lab at the McPhaul Center, has received the Helene Marks Award as the National Child Care Teacher of the Year by the Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation.
Of the 50 recipients of the Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children’s Tylenol National Child Care Teacher Awards, Minish was one of the top 10 finalists to compete for the organization’s top honor.
Minish received the award at a ceremony in Philadelphia earlier this month.
“Siobian brings her love of learning and passion for teaching into the classroom each and every day,” said Amy Kay, director of the CDL. “We are indeed fortunate to have a teacher of Siobian’s caliber with us at the CDL and this national recognition is certainly deserved. She epitomizes what it means to be an educator for our youngest students at the CDL."
Recipients of the awards designed an enhancement project that illustrates the educational, social and emotional benefits for the children in their care.
A committee of national early childhood educators and experts reviewed and scored the applications. Each recipient received a $1,000 award: $500 to implement their proposed project and $500 to acknowledge their dedication.
Minish won an additional $1,000 for receiving the Helene Marks Award as the teacher of the year.
Minish’s award-winning project that she will implement with a grant from the TLLCCF is “Open-Ended Outdoor Exploration for Infants and Toddlers.”
“My goal is to show my children that being outside is fun and that the outdoors can be a safe place to explore,” Minish said.
Minish has been a lead teacher in the infant room since 2012. She received the Child Caregiver of the Year Award from the Georgia Association on Young Children in 2015.
The TLLCCF is a nonprofit, nonsectarian 501(c)(3) organization established in 1987 by Kay and Fred Lokoff to honor the memory of their daughter Terri Lynne Lokoff, a devoted child care teacher who died tragically in an automobile accident.
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