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A new emerging educator representative.

Dear ACEI Emerging Educators:

I am honored to have been elected as your Emerging Educator Representative for 2010-12. I am a Ph.D. student at The State University of New York at Buffalo, where I am working on my dissertation on the unique needs of refugee children and the issue of bullying. I am also working with a diverse group of preschoolers at the university's Early Childhood Research Center.

With all these commitments, why did I take up the additional role of being the Emerging Educator Representative for ACEI? I am reminded of my personal purpose and values, which are aligned with the mission of ACEI: "To promote and support in the global community the optimal education and development of children, from birth through early adolescence, and to influence the professional growth of educators and the efforts of others who are committed to the needs of children in a changing society."

One of the ways to fulfill this mission is to come together to raise funds in building a school for girls in Tanzania. As student members, we are all privileged to have the opportunity for an education and it has made a difference in our lives. However, many children in the world do not have this opportunity, and so we must do what we can to help them make it possible. Therefore, I am proposing a fundraising project for all ACEI student chapters titled "Wear a band and build a school." We can start by printing this caption on a friendship band and selling it to fellow students on your campuses. The student chapter that raises the most money will be honored at the 2011 ACEI conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. Any amount you raise will benefit the lives of these children in Tanzania. If you require more information, send me an email at, and together we can embark on this service project.

The letter "I" in ACEI is another reason I am honored to be called into this position. Being an international student from Singapore, I would like to see more international students become involved in ACEI.

Finally, I would like to thank the past Emerging Educator Representative, Melissa Anderson, for her two years of commitment and dedication on the Board; her passion for children continues in her current work. Likewise, our work to promote quality care for children is beckoning us to start right here, right NOW.

--Jane Lim, Emerging Educator Representative

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Title Annotation:Emerging Educators
Author:Lim, Jane
Publication:Childhood Education
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 22, 2010
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