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Prof. Villegas-Reimers Wins Abigail Eliot Award

May 08, 2017

Dr. Eleonora Villegas-Reimers wins BAEYC awardThe Boston Association for the Education of Young Children (BAEYC) honored Eleonora Villegas-Reimers with its 2017 Abigail Eliot Award for her outstanding commitment to young children and the early childhood profession.

Dr. Villegas-Reimers, Professor of Education and Chair of Wheelock's Elementary and Special Education Department, received the award at the BAEYC's 16th Annual Early Educators Awards Gala on Friday, May 5, 2017.

"There is no other person more deserving of this award!" said Linda Banks-Santilli, Interim Dean of Education, Child Life & Family Studies. "Wheelock is thrilled that Eleanora's nearly 30-year history of advocating for young children and families across the state has not gone unnoticed."

A member of Wheelock's faculty since 1988, Dr. Villegas-Reimers serves on the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care Board and has been consultant to a number of international organizations-such as UNESCO, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Board on International Comparative Studies of the National Research Council, and the Academy for Educational Development-on matters related to education, teacher preparation and development, education for democracy, values education, and multiculturalism.

She previously worked as a high-school teacher, an assistant principal, as acting director of the Office of International Education, and as an international student advisor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dr. Villegas-Reimers received the Wheelock College Cynthia Longfellow Teaching Recognition Award in 1990 and the Edward H. Ladd Award for Academic Excellence and Service in 2006.

The Award is named after Abigail Adams Eliot, a pioneer in both early childhood education and training for teachers of young children. Ms. Eliot, who died in 1993 at the age of 100, was founder of Ruggles Street Nursery School in Roxbury, the first nursery school in the country and one of the few that provided training in early childhood education. Her training program later became part of what is known as the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study at Tufts University.

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