The 4C for Children Leadership and Early Childhood Conference kicked off each day by recognizing an early childhood educator who has positively impacted the children and families in their communities.
Garri Davis, CEO of Water Lily Learning Center, was awarded the June Sciarra Early Childhood Leadership Award. In Garri’s award nomination, staff member Dakari Jones highlighted her outstanding leadership skills, ability to make strong relationships with families and children and her commitment to excellence.
But Garri says she shares this award with all those who work with her.
“At moments like this, it’s vital to recognize that awards, while bestowed on individuals, are truly a reflection of a collected effort,” Garri said. “Every child I’ve had the pleasure of work with, every parent that has trusted us, and every colleague that has collaborated with me – we share this recognition together.”
Garri is an advocate for children and believes in creating a dynamic educational environment that values inquiry, critical thinking, creativity – all to enable a child to become an active participant in their educational journey. Through this philosophy, she has a structured curriculum and child-led exploration driven child care program.
“Garri displays an unwavering commitment to excellence by consistently setting high standards for child care quality and safety,” said Andrew Brzezinski, 4C for Children strategic director.
Garri is also on the board of directors for Dress for Success, the African American Chamber and OAEYC.
Wendy Harris, Childtime Centerville preK1 lead teacher, received the 4C for Children Early Childhood Educator Award. Each day, Wendy is focused on the children in her care and providing quality care and an enriched environment.
“It is and always has been an honor to be trusted with the lives of so many families and their children when it comes to their child’s development and growth,” Wendy said. “As an educator, I will continue to build those relationships.”
Wendy led the way with a new activity for this year’s Black History Month. Her innovative approach to child care and learning was on full display as her classroom created a museum of African American inventors. Although initially this seemed like a monumental task, the child care teachers, family members and the children ran with the idea and it was a huge success.
Wendy continues to thrive and dive into professional development. She has earned a Childhood Development Associate (CDA) credential and is close to completing a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education.
Watch the moment Garri and Wendy receive their awards at the conference.
- Garri Davis, June Sciarra Early Childhood Leadership Award
- Wendy Harris, Early Childhood Educator Award