Early Learning Champions Class of 2018

Meet the 2018 Early Learning Champions


The 2018 Early Learning Champions are passionate educators of young children nominated by PBS member stations from across the country.

Shelly  Bautista California
Shelly Bautista
  • PBS SoCal
  • Carson Street Elementary School
  • Carson, California
Shelly 's Story
Natalie  Beach Tennessee
Natalie Beach
  • WCTE
  • Prescott South Elementary School
  • Cookeville, Tennessee
Natalie 's Story
Roshanna Beard Florida
Roshanna Beard
  • WFSU Public Media
  • Apalachee Tapestry Magnet School of the Arts
  • Tallahassee, Florida
Roshanna's Story
Jamal  Berry District of Columbia
Jamal Berry
  • WHUT
  • Educare Washington, DC
  • Washington, District of Columbia
Jamal 's Story
Avonda Ellison Maryland
Avonda Ellison
  • MPT
  • Laugh-n-Learn Center
  • Salisbury, Maryland
Avonda's Story
Doniell  Elmore-Murray Ohio
Doniell Elmore-Murray
  • ThinkTV
  • Creative Corner Child Care, Inc.
  • Dayton, Ohio
Doniell 's Story
Carmen  Espinosa New Jersey
Carmen Espinosa
  • WNET
  • Little People's Academy, Inc.
  • Dover, New Jersey
Carmen 's Story
Angela  Hamilton Nevada
Angela Hamilton
  • Vegas PBS
  • George E. Harris Elementary School
  • Las Vegas, Nevada
Angela 's Story
Tara Haynes Kentucky
Tara Haynes
  • KET
  • Pine Mountain Settlement School
  • Bledsoe, Kentucky
Tara's Story
Cora McNair Michigan
Cora McNair
  • DPTV
  • New St. Paul Head Start Agency, Inc.
  • Detroit, Michigan
Cora's Story
Tina Mosley Missouri
Tina Mosley
  • Nine Network of Public Media
  • Our Daycare & Learning Center
  • Normandy, Missouri
Tina's Story
Graciela  Muñoz Villega North Carolina
Graciela Muñoz Villega
  • UNC-TV
  • Spanish for Fun Academy
  • Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Graciela 's Story
Traci  Piltz Montana
Traci Piltz
  • MontanaPBS
  • Billings Public Schools
  • Billings, Montana
Traci 's Story
Robbie  Rose Louisiana
Robbie Rose
  • LPB
  • East Baton Rouge Parish Schools
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Robbie 's Story
Susanne  Tata Texas
Susanne Tata
  • KLRN
  • Alamo Heights Presbyterian Day School
  • San Antonio, Texas
Susanne 's Story
William Tolliver Jr. Pennsylvania
William Tolliver Jr.
  • WQED
  • Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
William's Story
Andrea   Zoppo Georgia
Andrea Zoppo
  • GPB
  • Little Ones Learning Center and Ladybug Events
  • Forest Park, Georgia
Andrea 's Story