February 6, 2024

Dr. Ann McClain Terrell Joins The Goddard School’s Educational Advisory Board

Distinguished educator and leader brings 50 years of experience to premier early childhood education franchise

Goddard Systems, LLC (GSL), manager of The Goddard School franchise system, welcomes Dr. Ann McClain Terrell to its Educational Advisory Board (EAB). The EAB is comprised of a diversely skilled group of educators, researchers, physicians and early childhood experts who work closely with GSL to ensure The Goddard School's individualized learning program and health and safety standards are consistently at the forefront of early childhood research and development.

With five decades of professional experience, Dr. Terrell is one of the nation’s preeminent early childhood education leaders. As the former president of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the former executive director of the Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation, Inc., Dr. Terrell's leadership has been instrumental in shaping educational policies and practices across the country. Her background also includes roles as the director of innovation and director of early childhood education for the Milwaukee Public Schools district.

“On behalf of our entire Goddard team, from our corporate staff to the franchisees and faculty at more than 600 Goddard Schools, I am honored to welcome Dr. Terrell to our Educational Advisory Board,” said Dr. Lauren Loquasto, senior vice president and chief academic officer, GSL. “The EAB is a true differentiator for Goddard among early childhood education providers, as its distinguished members offer unparalleled expertise and play a critical role in supporting and enhancing our proprietary educational program. We can’t wait for Dr. Terrell to dive right in and start making meaningful contributions to ensure we continue to provide an exceptional educational experience that nurtures the extraordinary in every child.”

In addition to being a renowned educator, Dr. Terrell is an accomplished author. Her book, Graceful Leadership in Early Childhood Education, reflects her commitment to advancing the early childhood education field. Her community service involvement extends to boards, councils and committees, including the Wisconsin Governor’s Early Childhood Advisory Council and the Milwaukee Succeeds Leadership Table.

“I admire The Goddard School and its commitment to continuously innovating and evolving to deliver the best educational program to its students,” said Dr. Terrell. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join the EAB and help Goddard fulfill its simple yet powerful mission: To make the world a better place through early childhood education.”

Dr. Terrell holds an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Lakeland University and multiple degrees, including an M.S. in Educational Leadership from Cardinal Stritch University and an M.S. in Cultural Foundations of Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has received countless accolades in recognition of her service and accomplishments, including the 2008 Black Women’s Network Legacy of Leadership in Education Award and the 2007 National Black Child Development Institute-Milwaukee Affiliate Early Childhood Recognition Award.

In addition to Dr. Terrell, the EAB features:

  • Lee Scott, chairperson of the EAB and education consultant with more than 25 years of early childhood education program development experience.
  • Dr. Jennifer Jipson, department chair and professor of psychology and child development at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo.
  • Dr. Jack Maypole, clinical associate professor of pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine and department vice chair and director of the Comprehensive Care Program at Boston Medical Center.
  • Dr. Kyle Pruett, clinical professor of child psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine and founder of the Yale Conference on Fatherhood and the Harris Professional Development Network for Training in Early Intervention and Research.
  • Dr. Valerie Truesdale, education policy expert who currently serves as the assistant executive director of the School Superintendents Association.

For more information on The Goddard School, please visit GoddardSchool.com.

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