MEET & GREET: Emisha Pickens-Young
First Oklahoman to receive the prestigious Head Start Graduate Student Research Grant
Name: Emisha Pickens-Young
Occupation: Senior director of family engagement, research and community outreach at Tulsa Educare
Known for: Being the first Oklahoman to receive the prestigious and highly competitive federal Head Start Graduate Student Research Grant.
On how it feels to be chosen: Because of the competitive nature of the grant, I didn’t think that I would actually receive it. To be selected as one of six was truly an unexpected honor.
On her interest in early childhood education: I’ve always had a passion for working with children. I graduated from Langston University in 2004 with an elementary education degree and began working for CAP Tulsa Head Start in 2004. I have been fortunate to see Head Start through various lenses: as a student, teacher, coach and now as a researcher. These perspectives have affirmed for me the impact of Head Start.
On her future research in the field: My goal is to continue examining the influence of Head Start teaching teams on classroom quality and child outcomes. I plan to write up the results of my dissertation and future research for both researchers and practitioners to inform practices in early childhood education.