Contributed by SUSCC
Southern Union State Community College (SUSCC) recently named Sandy Little as director of its child development program.
“Mrs. Little has been a catalyst for innovation in the field of child development and early childhood education for years,” said Dr. Linda North, dean of academics at SUSCC. “She is a proponent for children’s well-being and will focus on providing an excellent educational experience for the students in her program.”
Prior to her appointment at SUSCC, Little has worked for the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education and held various teaching positions throughout the east Alabama area. Little brings extensive experience in early childhood education pedagogy, strategic planning and research to her new role.
Little holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Early Childhood Education and will earn a doctorate in that field in 2022, all from Auburn University.
She was introduced at a “Meet the Director” reception in late December. Sponsored by the Alabama Partnership for Children, the reception welcomed personnel from local child care centers. During a brief program, Little outlined her vision for the program which includes expanding the number of students who take advantage of the T.E.A.C.H. (Teacher Education and Compensation Helps) scholarship program. T.E.A.C.H. works step-by-step with early childhood educators and child care workers who wish to increase their level of education and effectiveness in the classroom.
Southern Union’s Child Development program was established in 1995.
“I want to honor what has been done in the past while building a great future for our program,” Little said. “We have unlimited potential to grow and make a real difference in our communities.”
Southern Union State Community College is the second oldest two-year college in Alabama. Founded in 1922, the college is celebrating its centennial year.