Lolita Sellers, who has taught PreK at the UCM Early Learning Center for more than 25 years, was honored with The Sharon R. Veatch Heart of Service Lifetime Achievement Award CCAV at the Child Care Aware of Virginia annual conference on Dec. 1, 2016.
“Ms. Lolita,” as she is affectionately called by her students, was nominated in recognition of her longstanding contributions to the early care and learning profession and to the children and families whom she has served so faithfully.
Lolita Seller is a lifetime educator of young children and as such embodies the words of author Neil Postman: “Children are the living messages we sent to a time we won’t see.” She has worked with a wide variety of families at the UCM Early Learning Center for more than 25 years.
“We appreciate Ms. Lolita as an exemplar Lead Teacher,” says Center Director Torria Baker. She demonstrates a keen understanding of how children construct knowledge through play, exploration, and interactions. To this end, she fully integrates play in the curriculum and uses a variety of strategies to encourage children’s growth, development and learning in terms of developmental domains, multiple intelligences and learning styles. Her interactions with children support creative development in a manner that enhances learning and validates the process of creating.
Ms. Lolita is noted for her ability to create and maintain a nurturing emotional climate that provides security for children through being present and fully engaged,” says Elizabeth McNally, UCM Deputy Executive Director and a former Director of the Early Learning Center. “Having worked with families from a variety of cultures, she ensures the learning environment reflects the cultural and linguistic influences of the families she serves which in turn fosters the development of the whole child. She has dedicated decades to her profession, often in the face of funding challenges and statewide priorities that work in opposition to consistent, quality early care and learning programs.”
“With her brilliantly creative mind, Ms. Lolita has undeniable talent to evoke in children the very imagination and desire to explore the world around them,” continues Torria. Through her service to hundreds of children and families over the years, Ms. Lolita has indeed had a positive, multi-generational impact not only with those families, but with the community at large. Congratulations and thank you, Ms. Lolita!
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(UCM E-news Jan. 2017)