Dee Liggens, school age coordinator with the Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City was recently named as one of 10 PBS KIDS 2019 Early Learning Champions.
Established in 2018, this award recognizes committed educators who work with young children, from infants to second graders, and offers a variety of community building, leadership and professional learning opportunities provided by PBS KIDS and member stations like the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (OETA).
Liggens has spent 20 years working in early childhood education. Prior to coming to the Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City five years ago, Liggens spent 15 years working in childcare, eventually building a chain of centers.
“One of Oklahoma’s educational points of pride is the state’s early childhood services,” said Curtis Calvin, vice president of education & outreach, OETA. “Dee Liggens exemplifies our states values and commitment to giving our youngest children the best possible start. Our participation with PBS’ Early Learning Champions program will only help to improve an already strong early learning commitment.”
Educators chosen for the Early Learning Champions program have attended and hosted a PBS Ed Camp training, have a foundation in using PBS education resources (online, television, etc.) and have established a significant career in the early childhood education field.
“Throughout my career, I’ve been able to give “me” to as many students as I can,” said Liggens. “I’m overjoyed to be named an Early Childhood Learning Champion; it’s what I was born to do.:”
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