McPhaul Center teacher receives Helene Marks Award
Siobian Minish, a lead infant teacher in the Child Development Lab at the McPhaul Center, 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 in May.
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 received an additional $1,000 for getting 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."