Child Development Center

San Jacinto Dragonflies Teacher Wins Award

Edna Hayes is honored by Austin Association for the Education of Young Children

Edna receives award

Edna Hayes (second from left) was honored with the Sallie Beth Moore Award for excellence in early childhood education. Supportive coworkers cheered her on at the awards ceremony April 16, 2008: (pictured here from left to right) Maria Head, Maria Perez, and Trina Pulido.

April 16, 2008 — Edna Hayes, our San Jacinto Dragonflies teacher, received the Sallie Beth Moore Award from the Austin Association for the Education of Young Children (AAEYC). This is the second year in a row that a Child Development Center teacher won this award, which Edna received in an AAEYC ceremony Wednesday night.

The award singles Edna out as an example for teachers across Austin, and recognizes her level of involvement with children as well as her excellence as an early childhood educator.

Sandy Briley, director of the Child Development Center, says, “Edna won this award because of her enthusiasm, humor, and sensitivity with her students and their parents. She has such a collaborative spirit toward co-workers, and I am so happy she is being recognized for this spirit and for her ongoing efforts to learn everything there is to know about teaching toddlers.”

Edna has taught at the center for more than 10 years, and Sandy notes, “Parents whose children have been in her class know she deserves this award.”

Fittingly, the award is named after a historic figure in Austin’s early childhood education field, Sallie Beth Moore. Moore founded The University of Texas at Austin’s child development laboratory program, and was also a founding member of the AAEYC.

The whole Child Development Center community congratulates Edna on this great honor. To learn more about Edna and our other amazing staff members, you can read our staff bios.