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September 25, 2018

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The Channel 9 Network Honors MRH Teacher as Early Learning Champion

ECC teacher Ann Graham wins honors from public television.Lifelong educator Ann Graham got the good news today in an e-mai from the Nine Network of Public Media:

"Congratulations! You are one of the Top 10 PBS Early Learning Champion nominees. You are in Nine Network’s Top 10. This means that tyou will continue to receive recognitions and special features from October 13th at the PBS KIDS Edcamp Luncheon throughout 2019, including a magazine feature."

But the good news didn't end there. Graham, who teaches at the Maplewood Richmond Heights Early Childhood Center, will also be considered for a trip to Washington, D.C., in mid November, to receive national recognition from PBS. 

ECC teacher Ann Graham wins honors from public television.PBS KIDS Early Learning Champions (Champions) is a two-year prize awarded to passionate early childhood educators. The goal is to recognize, spotlight, and celebrate committed early childhood educators, provide educators pathways for professional growth, create community and networking opportunities for educators, and build relationships between public TV stations and local educators. Over the course of the two years, these educators will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of community building, leadership and professional learning opportunities and activities. This includes Champions supporting Nine Network of Public Media in outreach, planning, and community engagement activities. The kick-off event is an awards dinner and summit that will be hosted in conjunction with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) conference.

Nominees were judged on their passion for early childhood education and excitement about professional learning opportunities and community building activities. 

Graham joined the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District in 2011d. She has worked and celebrated the growth and development of children in a variety of settings, including therapeutic classrooms and language immersion programs. When she was the director and teacher of the preschool program at Signal Hill School District in Illinois, it became known as a place where children would be valued, cared for and provided with experiences that would foster a love of learning. Drawing on her prior teaching experiences, she worked closely with the special education staff to create an inclusive classroom long before it was widely considered a best practice. Many families moved to that district to be part of the learning community that she created, which took place over a 19-year span.

Today, Graham is a lead preschool teacher in a Reggio Emilia-inspired classroom where constructivist practices come to life through the exploration of ideas and generation of theories of young children. She has an innate ability to coach and mentor those new to the field while being a consummate learner, even after more than 30 years in education. She's been an integral part of MRH's intergenerational mentoring program, fostering loving, supportive relationships between mentors and our youngest learners.

For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.