Summer Conference At A Glance

Dr. Calvin E. Moore, Jr.

Dr. Calvin E. Moore, Jr. is currently the director of Child Care Services for the Alabama Department of Human Resources. Dr. Moore is the immediate past deputy director of the Office of Child Care in Washington, DC. He has more than 20 years of experience in early care and education. Dr. Moore began his work with Head Start family child care providers in 2001. He holds a Bachelor of Science in early childhood education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a Master of Science in education, and a Ph.D. in early childhood education from Walden University. Dr. Moore is a past president of the National Family Child Care Association.

Nita Norphlet-Thompson

Currently serves as the Executive Director of the Mississippi Head Start Association, a twenty member organizations that provides high quality Early Childhood Care and Education Services to vulnerable children ages birth through five and their families in the state. Mrs. Thompson began her professional career in 1978 at the Region I Mental Health Center in Clarksdale, MS as a special projects director. Her formal career in Head Start began in 1988 as Disabilities Services Specialist with the Chapel Hill Outreach Training Project in Chapel Hill, NC and continued through 2003 as Special Projects Director with Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY. She became the Executive Director of the Mississippi Head Start Association in 2003. Deeply rooted in positive outcomes for young children, Ms. Thompson serves on the advisory board for Mississippi Building Blocks, the Mississippi Center for Education Innovation, the Mississippi Start Early Childhood Advisory Council and the Mississippi State Interagency Coordinating Council. Nita served as an Early Math and Family Literacy consultant with the National Head Start Family Literacy Center through Sonoma State University. A native of Clarksdale, Mississippi she currently resides in Crystal Springs,Ms. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Mississippi and graduate degree from Delta State University. She has over 3 decades of experience in mental health, early childhood education, early literacy, and disabilities services.

Andrea Alexander

Andrea Alexander has a love for teaching the exciting side of science to youngsters through their natural enjoyment of cooking, music, math and art. A mother of two, Ms. Alexander provides a hands-on approach where children can explore and develop independent thinking. Ms. Alexander holds a B.S. degree in Chemistry, Fisk University, three years of Engineering, Vanderbilt University, and has completed graduate work in Organic Chemistry. Ms. Alexander toured with the Project Earth’95, a National Science Awareness Program and was featured on the cover photo “Dearborn Press & Guide Newspaper of May 1995. She was also featured in the Atlanta Journal as “Guru of Hands-on Phenomena” March 1997. Andrea consults with local and national science programs both private and public, conducts science workshop for teachers, keynotes and was a local science consultant/specialist for AT&T science program. In 1994, Ms. Alexander was selected as two of her students’ HERO (making a difference). Ms. Alexander has developed over 50 science products sold to over 10 major school supply catalog companies, 50 stores both national and international.

Frank Holderfield

Frank Holderfield worked at Charter Behavior Health Systems for 21 years facilitating training in time management and stress management. Frank also worked 15 years at Mobile County Department of Human Resources where he supervised the day care licensing unit, conducted administrative record reviews and provided orientation to new providers. He recently transferred to the State of Alabama Department of Human Resources Early Head Start Partnership. Frank has a Bachelor of Arts from University of South Alabama, and a Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family from the University of Mobile.

Island House Hotel AALECE's Host Resort for 2015

Located on the beach, just steps from the white sand, on Alabama’s famous Gulf Coast. Island House Hotel is centrally located near local attractions in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, Alabama such the Tanger Outlet Mall, the Amphitheater at the Wharf, Waterville USA, Gulf State Park, and the Gulf Islands National Seashore.

AALECE Summer Conference 2015

Come back to the beach! The annual summer conference is scheduled for July 15-17, 2015. Our Gulf Coast beaches have never been more beautiful! If you missed last year, this is a great chance to get back in the swim and join your AALECE friends for a fun and interactive conference featuring Frank Holderfield, Andrea Alexander, Nita Norphlet-Thompson, and Dr. Calvin E. Moore, Jr.

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