VERMILLION, S.D. -- Gera Jacobs, professor of early childhood in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the School of Education at The University of South Dakota, was elected president-elect of the Governing Board of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
NAEYC is the nation’s largest and most influential organization of early childhood educators. Her four-year term begins June 1 – serving one year as president-elect followed by two years as president and one year as past-president.
In addition to serving as a member of the faculty at USD, Jacobs taught for more than 15 years in preschool through eighth grade classrooms. She has published articles in a number of nationally peer-reviewed and regional journals and presented at state, regional and national conferences. Jacobs is also the co-author of two nationally recognized books, including one published by Corwin Press that received two national book awards and the other, co-published with Corwin Press and NAEYC, which was distributed by NAEYC to all of the organization’s 20,000 comprehensive members. In 2002, she was named the South Dakota Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
The National Association for the Education of Young Children is the largest and most influential organization of early childhood educators and others dedicated to improving the quality of programs for children from birth through age eight. Founded in 1926, the organization now has nearly 90,000 members, and a national network of over 300 local, state, and regional affiliates.