Awards and Grants Spotlight

Awards and Grants Spotlight

In order to celebrate the impact of the awards and grants program, CAAEYC interviewed previous recipients. We were so inspired by their stories that we decided to share them with you here. In the last eConnections we shared Cynthia Price’s story. Now, please enjoy our conversation with 2019 Presidents Award recipient Leticia Mejia.

CAAEYC: Where were you on your professional path when you applied for an award?

Leticia: I was in the process of completing my associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education. I was taking fourteen units while balancing family life. I am a mother of a three-year-old, a six-year-old, a military wife of almost seventeen years and a straight “A” student at Shasta College! I have had to take most of my course work online and do my schoolwork after my kids go to bed. I always say that I am a mother by day and a student at night.

CAAEYC: What was your favorite part of conference?

Leticia: My favorite part of the conference was meeting the other award recipients and learning a little bit about who they are. Hearing their stories and future goals were very inspiring.

CAAEYC: What’s something you learned at conference that has helped you professionally?

Leticia: Attending a couple of workshops about inclusion inspired me to compose my last project for my Personnel and Leadership in ECE class. In addition, attending a Project Approach workshop was very beneficial in compiling my culminating event to complete the project I was in the middle of.

CAAEYC: Do you have any advice for a first-time conference attendee?

Leticia: I would advise to come prepared with a notebook for note taking and business cards for networking.

CAAEYC: What are your professional goals now?

Leticia: I will be finishing my last classes at Shasta College, transferring to Southern Oregon University for their ECE online program and then finding a master’s program. I am in the process of applying for my teacher permit so that I can be a substitute teacher as I continue my education.