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Georgia Southern Child Development Center employee named educator of the year

Jessica DeLaigle, a child development specialist at the Georgia Southern Child Development Center on the Statesboro Campus, has been named the Georgia Association for the Education of Young Children (GAEYC) Educator of the Year for a large center. DeLaigle, who also teaches in some Child and Family Development labs, said she is honored to receive the award.

“I have the best job because I get to teach the little children, and I also get to teach the big children (college students) how to teach the little children,” DeLaigle said. “I am so passionate about teaching, and I work really hard to ensure that children’s first experiences in school are positive ones. It makes me really happy to know that my hard work and dedication to our field is being recognized.”

The GAEYC gives awards to educators who are “outstanding employees at a child care center or school who demonstrate exemplary work with children.” DeLaigle will receive her award at the GAEYC Quality Service Awards Luncheon later this fall.

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