The Board of the Georgia Association for Education of Young Children (GAEYC) has recently voted Southern Crescent Technical College (SCTC) Early Childhood Education Program Coordinator and Instructor Dr. Roslyn Johnson-McCurry as the Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA) 2019 President's Award Recipient.
SECA is a multi-state early childhood association in its 70th year comprised of representatives from Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.
This award will be presented at the annual conference to a state advocate and is selected by the state, followed by the SECA regional board. Recipients are awarded for having made contributions at the state level in the field of advocacy that supports children and families as well as having made a contribution in fostering the professional growth and development of individuals working with young children and their families.
SCTC President Dr. Alvetta Thomas stated, “The Southern Crescent Technical College family is so excited for Dr. Johnson-McCurry and we feel that she is the perfect representation of Georgia as an advocate for children and for the training of our future teachers! This recognition is proof that she not only does a great job in the classroom, but she also is committed to building strong students, strong careers, and strong communities.”
This award will be presented at the “SECA 70 Years Strong, Embracing the Joy” conference in Orlando, Florida (February 28, 2019-March 2, 2019) during the conference gala.
Dr. Johnson-McCurry was born and raised in the Detroit, Michigan and began her education at the University of Michigan, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language and Literature. After graduating, she moved to London, England to complete a Master’s (M-Level) Independent Study Module in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education at the University of London's Institute of Education. During her tenure there, she worked as an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher. Upon completion of the program, Dr. Johnson-McCurry moved to Atlanta, GA and completed a Master’s program in early childhood/elementary teacher education, then later earned a Doctor of Education degree in Instructional Leadership/Teaching and Learning. She began her tenure in early childhood education as a teacher and academic director, then transitioned into higher education in 2007. She has served for the past eleven years as an early childhood care/education (ECCE) instructor at Southern Crescent Technical College. Additionally, she is currently serving as an Academic Affairs Department Chair. Last year, Dr. Johnson-McCurry was honored with the “2017 Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year” award for her college, then went on to earn the award at the Technical College System of Georgia’s regional competition.
Until very recently, Dr. Johnson-McCurry served as a board member and Resource Development Chair for the Georgia Association for the Education of Young Children (GAEYC), and board member for the Commissioner Bruce Holmes Youth Foundation (CBHYF), the Henry County cabinet for "Get Georgia Reading," and Life South. She presently serves as a board member/trainer for the Georgia Farm to Early Care and Education Coalition and the GA chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. Dedicated to continuing scholarship, Dr. Johnson also continues to conduct research in various areas and has presented nationally at such conferences as the Georgia Educational Research Association (GERA) and the Scholarship on Teaching and Learning (SoTL) annual conferences.