Alissa Mwenelupembe: Bio
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Alissa Mwenelupembe has worked in and around the field of early childhood education for the past 17 years. She started in this field like many others that she meets—she was 18 and needed a job, when her mom said: "You like kids. Go work at the daycare down the street." Little did she know that college job would turn into a career that she approaches every day with joy, passion and excitement.
Throughout her years in the field, Alissa has worked in many capacities. She has been a teacher, a director, a coach in her state's QRIS system and an adjunct instructor at the local community college. Outside of her job, she has served as her NAEYC Affiliate chapter's Vice President, written for Child Care Exchange, and consulted with groups such as Zero to Three and the Head Start Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center. She has also met and connected with colleagues from around the world.
Alissa’s passion for the early childhood profession has led her to continue her education so that she can keep moving early childhood forward. With the help of Indiana AEYC and the TEACH scholarship program, she was able to earn a CDA and then a Master's in Early Childhood Education. That work has now led her to pursue a doctorate in Education, with cognates in Adult and Community Education and Diversity Studies. She believes that furthering her education and deepening her relationship with NAEYC can only lead to better outcomes for teachers and children in our country.