If you’re not concerned that only at-risk children in Louisiana can enroll in public pre-kindergarten programs, Dr. Tiffany Papa will change your mind.
Papa embarked on an impressive research endeavor while earning a Doctor of Education degree with an early childhood education specialty. Studies have shown that children who are provided high-quality pre-kindergarten services tend to have higher scores on math and reading achievement tests, have greater language abilities, are better prepared to enter elementary school and have lower drop-out rates.
“As an advocate for young children, my passion has always been to provide more educational services for young children in whatever capacity possible,” Papa says. “After a review of the literature and reflecting on my own personal experiences as an early childhood teacher, I believe that universal pre-kindergarten is a necessity for the ultimate success of Louisiana’s children.”
Papa has eight years of pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and early intervention teaching experience in the Lafourche Parish Public School System. She holds a Louisiana Type “A” Teaching Certificate, which is valid for life, and is a member of the National Association for Education of Young Children.
Papa advises Nicholls students to look deep within themselves prior to making a decision of what career to pursue.
“Carefully evaluate your skills and interests; then believe in yourself and commit to the study and practice that will produce achievement of your goals,” Papa says. “Know that we all have something to give the world — we just have to find it. If you are lucky enough to have found a path that makes you truly happy, never give up, even when obstacles lie in your way. Be dedicated and committed to your goals, and you will be rewarded.”
Papa lives in Thibodaux with her husband, daughter and step-daughter.
B.G.S., M.Ed., Nicholls State University; Ed.D., Nova Southeastern University
FCED 238 – Pre-Practicum Seminar
FCED 239 – Preschool Practicum
FCED 330 – Birth to Five: Developmental Disabilities
FCED 333 – Birth to Five: Mathematics, Science and Technology
FCED 335 – Birth to Five: Music and Movement
FCED 336 – Birth to Five: Language, Literature and Literacy
FCED 433 – Program Planning, Assessment and Evaluation for Birth to Five Programs
FCED 435 – Management of Birth to Five Programs
FCED 459 – Trends and Issues in Family and Consumer Sciences
EDUC 461 – Student Teaching in Special Education/Elementary Schools
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