Meet the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® INDIANA Staff
T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® INDIANA
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Hanan Osman, Ph.D., T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® INDIANA Senior Director
Hanan Osman is the T.E.A.C.H. Senior Director at the Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children. Having held her current position for five years, she oversees the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® INDIANA project and staff, working closely with the Indiana AEYC Executive Director and Indiana Early Childhood Higher Education Forum. Hanan’s 20+ years working with children and families has given her a wealth of diverse professional experiences and taken her across the globe. From YEAR to YEAR, she taught at the School of Psychology and Preschool Education at Ahfad University for Women in Omdurman, Sudan. Prior to that, she worked with Head Start as a teacher and a center director in Kentucky. Hanan also served at the Governor’s Office of Child Development as a Head Start Collaboration Office Coordinator in Frankfort, Kentucky. With the Kentucky Department of Education, Hanan was the Community Early Childhood Councils Coordinator and then served as Kentucky State-Funded Preschool Branch Manager. Hanan holds a BA in Psychology and Preschool Education, an MA in Educational Psychology, an MA in Family Studies/Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education and Doctorate of Philosophy in Early Childhood Education.
Lecia Overley, T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® INDIANA Assistant Director
Lecia (Lisha) Overley joined the Indiana AEYC T.E.A.C.H. team in 2012 to aid ECE professionals seeking higher education to advance their early childhood teaching skills. She provides counseling for CDA training and associate degree scholarships. Lecia earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education but has spent her entire career in Early Childhood Education beginning in 1988, as a teacher, then NAEYC-accredited center director and a teacher trainer. Lecia is passionate about quality education for children and high caliber support for teachers.
Rachael Arthur, T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® INDIANA Professional Development Advisor
Rachael Arthur joined Indiana AEYC as a T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® INDIANA Professional Development Advisor in 2016. Rachael has been in the field of Early Care and Education for over 10 years as a Teacher and a Director. She holds a bachelor degree from Indiana State University in Child Development and Family Life.
Sharon Dunlevy, T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® INDIANA Professional Development Advisor
Sharon Dunlevy serves as a T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® INDIANA Professional Development Advisor. Sharon has a Doctor of Ministry in Family Ministries, Master of Arts in Theological Studies, Master of Divinity, and Bachelor of Arts Degree from Syracuse University.
Sharon has worked in different areas of Religious Education, Curriculum Development and Implementation, Music, and Education Departments. Most recently Sharon held the position of Director of Childtime where she lead day to day operations of the program.
Sharon is very passionate helping others achieve their goal in Early childhood Education. In her spare time Sharon volunteers with 4-H and is heavily involved with Church Leadership. We are very excited to have Sharon join the team here at Indiana AEYC!
Kristin Lackey, T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® INDIANA Professional Development Advisor
Kristin Lackey, T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® INDIANA Professional Development Advisor, is a graduate from Ball State University with a BS degree in Family and Child Development. She started with Indiana AEYC in November 2012. Kristin has worked in the Early Childhood Education field for eight years. She began her career working as a preschool teacher and has also been a director of a for-profit organization. Kristin has a passion for making a difference for families and children through Indiana AEYC and the T.E.A.C.H. scholarship program.
Angie Pickel, T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® INDIANA Professional Development Advisor
Angie Pickel serves as a regional T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® INDIANA Professional Development Advisor at Indiana AEYC, serving counties in the state’s eastern regions. Angie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a Kindergarten endorsement from the University of Southern Indiana. Previously she taught kindergarten for three years and then served as a preschool director for seven years, during which time she helped the center reach Level 4 in Paths to QUALITY™ and become nationally accredited. Angie’s enthusiasm and energy are evident in her daily work with educators seeking career enrichment.
Lindsay Philpott, T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® INDIANA Professional Development Advisor
Lindsay Philpott comes to Indiana AEYC with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from IUPUI in Indianapolis and an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Ivy Tech. Ms. Philpott has held various positions in her professional career. Lindsay has over 10 years of teaching experience, and over 11 years of Administrator experience in key areas such as Assistant Director and Director. She worked for several years at Head Start and has worked with other licensed child care centers. When not working Ms. Philpott is involved in volunteering in Community activities, Brownies, Monrovia Youth Cheer Director, Phi Theta Kappa, and supports her local church Sunday school/ Nursery.
Lakesha Tarrance, T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® INDIANA Professional Development Advisor
Ms. Lakesha Tarrance, T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood INDIANA Professional Development Advisor, comes to Indiana AEYC with a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development and Family Life from Indiana State University. Lakesha comes with wealth of knowledge and experience in early childhood education and family services. She’s held various positions in her career; social worker, developmental therapist, counselor and case manager. Lakesha has also worked for Head Start and the Department of Child Services.
Ms. Tarrance hails from Indianapolis and in her spare time she enjoys spending time with her children and singing in her church choir.
Mike Wiegmann, T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® INDIANA Project Assistant
Michael Wiegmann, T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood INDIANA Project Assistant, is a graduate IUPUI with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. Prior to his current position, Mr. Wiegmann worked over 10 years in the Hospitality Industry, where he held several positions, Front Desk Supervisor, Human Resources Coordinator, and Accounting Manager. His experiences in the fields of Education and Accounting make him a valuable member of T.E.A.C.H. INDIANA team. Michael’s excitement and passion is infectious and inspiring to everyone around him. When not working, Michael is involved in charitable activities and loves spending time with his son.
Birma Wilkerson, T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® INDIANA Project Assistant
Birma Wilkerson joined Indiana AEYC staff in 2014 where she serves as Project Assistant for the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® INDIANA Project. Prior to joining Indiana AEYC, Birma served as a Financial Aid Counselor with Martin University. She has over 25 years’ experience in cost analysis and budget administration.
Birma earned a Bachelors and Masters’ degree in Business Administration.
Indiana AEYC Executive Director
Dianna Wallace, Executive Director
Dianna Wallace has served as Executive Director of the Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children (AEYC), Inc. for the last 10 years. As the state affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Indiana AEYC is a statewide, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization with 16 chapters and 2,200 members. Indiana AEYC has a 51-year history of promoting and supporting quality care and education for all young children, birth through age eight, in Indiana. The mission of Indiana AEYC is accomplished by offering professional development for people in the early care and education profession, improving program quality, and championing public policy pertinent to young children.
Dianna earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She has completed extensive training and education in administration, business and adult education. Her experience includes working as a kindergarten teacher, Head Start Director, public school administrator, State administrator, T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® INDIANA Coordinator and education consultant and evaluator.