05-Feb-2020 09:37

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I had the opportunity to read the Equity Subcommittee Report and it laid out basic foundational pieces that I haven’t seen anywhere else. Megan’s vision for the Division really inspired me as well. Early Learning lays out the foundation for children, especially as they get ready to enter the K-12 system.

At that age the social, emotional, and academic needs are crucial to meet for children and families.

I’m really excited to engage in conversations concerning equity and how that impacts our current practices.

I’m also looking forward to conversations about how we can serve historically underserved and underrepresented populations to ensure that parents and children have access to quality services regardless of their race, gender, sexual orientation – and that our early learning environments are a place where children themselves feel safe, love and respected, and feel that their culture is loved and respected as well.

Prior to joining the ELD, Lillian was working within the Portland Public School District in the Equity Department as a teacher on special assignment before transitioning into the Equity Director position in the ELD.

During that time, she worked with twelve specifically targeted schools within the district around building capacity for equity work which included customized staff trainings and data system development.

I’m super excited to get out in the field to meet as many partners, providers, and staff as possible.

We’re working to figure out how we solve that problem and interrupt the systems that have historically underserved communities across our state that cuts across multiple sectors.

What are you most looking forward to in your new position?

I want to help ensure that we’re being collaborative in that process and evaluate our progress in the breakthrough teams.

I hope to engage all stakeholders with the Mixed-Delivery Preschool model including identifying the Hubs that we will be working with on that particular initiative. I’m the youngest girl of ten children and they both really instilled a work ethic and a love for education in all of us.“I first earned my bachelor’s in English and Sociology and then went on to earn my Master’s in Teaching in Education,” she told me.