BY Jo Carroll, SECA President
The SECA organization continues to amaze me in the dedication of a wide array of people who have the heart and knowledge to work with the young children in our southern states. There are commonalities that are shared and yet uniqueness of individual programs and classrooms. I think we can all agree that there is not one right way to guide or teach young children. There are many things to take into consideration when working with young children and their families.
Just as programs and classrooms have their own personalities, we as individuals have our own beliefs and needs. One of the things I love about being a part of the early childhood profession is our attempt to meet individual needs of the children in our care.
The SECA organization is working to meet the needs of a wide variety of people from students studying to become early childhood professionals to those who have been in the field for many years. It is my desire that more of our members become more involved in the work of the organization. I started my affiliation with SECA as a college student because I had a professor who became a mentor and was insistent that I become involved as a student and beyond.
I would encourage each of you as members to do three things to continue your growth as an early childhood professional. One, find a way to get involved within your state affiliate and/or serve on a committee within the SECA organization. If you need assistance in doing so, reach out to your state president and/or your SECA board member. Two, if you have been in the field of early childhood education for more than one year, consider mentoring someone new in the field. Lastly, find a core of fellow professionals with whom to share your experiences. Be sure this is a group who can lift each other up and have the desire to continue to grow as professionals.
If you have never attended a SECA conference, please consider coming to join us February 28th through March 2nd in Orlando at the Double Tree at Sea World. There will be many events and sessions to assist you in growing as a professional and in networking with others in the field. We are celebrating SECA being 70 years strong. I look forward to meeting many of you there!
This article is from the December 2018 issue of Dimensions of Early Childhood. Members of SECA can access the entire issue in the members only section of the website by clicking here.