Mark Polevoy joins SECA as Executive Director

Lets Start Talking


Moving from the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania to Little Rock, AR, settling into a new state, new home, new routine and new job is not easy. Unless you were fortunate enough to be hired by SECA. Since my arrival I have received a tremendous amount of warm welcoming emails, telephone calls and a plant. A plant I now refer to as, “My Louisiana Lilly.”

It is a privilege to be part of an organization that desires to deliver high quality services and innovative solutions to members, while executing it’s mission to improve the industry in which we operate. We are an organization led by a purpose – to make a positive, meaningful impact that matters to everyone SECA members touch.

I encourage you to contact me to share your thoughts and ideas concerning issues for the Early Childhood profession. Or you can just email me your suggestions for good fly-fishing locations and southern barbecue joints, not necessarily in that order.

I am eager to hear what you have to say. In your reply please include the position you hold in the Early Childhood Profession.

I look forward to opening up a dialogue.



Mark Polevoy
New Executive Director of SECA


The Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA) serving more than 14,000 early childhood professionals in AL, MS, VA, WV, NC, SC, KY, GA, OK, Fl, LA, TN, TX, and AR.


12 thoughts on “Mark Polevoy joins SECA as Executive Director

  1. As a teacher of 14 years, I believe early childhood is key to closing academic gaps. The academic gaps get wider as student enter middle school. I have been a middle school teacher and an elementary school teacher. If we can give preschool students a jump in holistic learning we can close achievement gaps.
    Aspiring Associate Principal in Early Childhood, KY-JCPS

  2. Congratulations on your new position with SECA! We look forward to your leadership of this wonderful organization which serves ECE Educators, children and families.

    I spent forty years of my life (from 1971-2011) as the Executive Director of an ECE Program, the Bon View School for Early Childhood Education in the Richmond, VA area which became a Nationally Accredited Program in 1992. During my tenure we served thousands of children and families including two of my grandchildren. When I was ready to retire, I selected two teachers from our staff to provide the leadership of the Program as Bon View’s Director of Education and Director of Operations. They continue to maintain the National Accreditation and serve the community.

  3. Hello Mark! Welcome.

    Glad to hear that you have settled in and found a new home in Little Rock. SECA is excited to have you and excited for the future.

    Once we completed our part of the hiring process (I served on the Succession Committee) I anxiously awaited word that you had been offered the positon and that you had accepted the job. So now it is official and I just wanted to say welcome and you have my best wishes. Please be assured that I continue to have a strong commitment to the SECA organization.

    I look forward to seeing you at the SECA Conference in Lexington Kentucky in the near future.

    Good luck in your endeavors and know that I am wiling to help in any way I can.

    Kathy Attaway

  4. Hello Mark and WELCOME to SECA and WELCOME to ARKANSAS!

    wps (whoo pigs sooie) in case you haven’t heard! 🙂 :0 : )

  5. Oops!

    It’s “woo pigs sooie!! (wps)

    But WELCOME!

    I am an Education Specialist with UAMS-Kids First

  6. Mark,
    Welcome to the Southern Early Childhood Association. I’m sure all of my colleagues have extended a warm welcome to you…it is the “southern” way! I know you have your hands full with just getting familiar with all of the moving parts. But, I’m always available to brainstorm or act as a sounding board. Hopefully, we will have the opportunity to talk at some point. Again, welcome!

  7. Welcome to Arkansas. I grew up there. You are close to some of the best fly-fishing anywhere… Norfolk River and Bull Shoals /White River are both near Mountain Home. We drive up and camp at the Norfolk Corps of Engineering site Quarry Park at Norfolk Dam.

  8. Mark – I for one am very happy you are now leading SECA. Your insight will be valuable to sustain this “wonderfully rich” organization. SECA is rich because of its members’ love, history, and affection for children. Now that you have been truly initiated with a board meeting, you can get down to business. Welcome to the South!

    So glad to hear you like sweet potato pie! How are the grits?

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