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Instructor of Early Childhood Education
B.S., Fort Valley State University, 1986; M.Ed., Ed.S., Brenau University, 1991, 1994; Ed.D., Nova Southeastern University, 2004
Dr. Elaine Thurmond has served 28 years in public education as a classroom teacher, Instructional Liaison Specialist and Assistant Principal in Cobb County Schools and Atlanta Public Schools. As an Instructional Support Specialist for 3 years with the Georgia Department of Education, she trained several schools to implement America’s/Georgia Choice School design. Her experiences in higher education spread over three universities during the past eleven years as a Faculty Member, Adjunct Professor, Online Facilitator, Dissertation Committee Member and College Supervisor for Field Experiences. Dr. Thurmond has presented at several state, regional and national conferences. She scored the edTPA for Early Childhood (Language Arts and Math) with Pearson Education during a three-year period.
“Exploration of Learning through the Creative Arts, Teaching Social Studies for Early Childhood Educators, STEM for the Youngest Learner, Science for All Learners, Preparing the Early Childhood Environment and Health, Nutrition and Safety”