Local educator earns Ivy Tech’s highest faculty honor

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – A local educator has earned Ivy Tech’s highest faculty honor at the campus level.

Krissie Pickering, program chair of the Early Childhood Education program at Ivy Tech Community College Terre Haute, has earned the Ivy Tech President’s Award for Excellence in Instruction.

The College awards this honor annually to one recipient from each of 18 campuses statewide. 

“My goal is that students will leave my classes having developed the critical thinking skills and the knowledge to educate and care for children, as well as contributing to the early childhood field through advocacy for young children,” Pickering said.

Throughout her tenure as program chair, Pickering has led the Early Childhood Education program to earn continued accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Through her community connections, she provides opportunities for her students to gain experience and participate in service learning.

Pickering is actively involved with the United Way of the Wabash Valley, serving as a member of the Community Impact Council and a co-chair for the Success by Six Impact Council Development Team. She played a critical role in the development and implementation of the Quality Child Care Initiative Grant, which allowed the United Way to increase the number of high-quality childcare openings available to local children and families, ranked by Paths to QUALITYTM.

Pickering works with many other local and regional organizations. She recently coordinated with Chances and Services for Youth to offer a free professional development conference to local child care providers in the Wabash Valley.

She has also organized events for local child-centered organizations, including a music therapy recital to provide music therapy clients of Rhythm Garden Music the opportunity to perform on stage. In 2016-2018, she served as the Early Childhood Consultant to the Western Indiana Community Action Agency board of directors, the governing agency of the Vigo County Head Start. She currently serves on the Vigo County Head Start Health Advisory Council.

Pickering is a member of the Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children and serves as a Professional Development Specialist for the Council for Professional Development. She earned a Master of Education, Curriculum and Instruction from Indiana Wesleyan University, and Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.

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