NAEYC Coordinator and Adjunct Professor, De Anza College
Nominee: Pedro Noguera
Jayanti Tambe is the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) coordinator for De Anza College. She was the executive director of UCLA Early Care and Education. She was also an assistant professor and director of CORE (Institute for Community Research & Education) with Pacific Oaks College’s school of education, where she specialized in early childhood education and created POC’s trauma specialization in early childhood. Jayanti also served as interim executive director for Pacific Oaks Children’s School, where she provided educational leadership and managed their children’s programs. She has also served as the director of the Rainbow School and Pepper Tree School at Stanford University
Throughout this time, she continued her work in the college classrooms of numerous institutions. She is author of The Art of Math and Science and A Kaleidoscope of Children.
She is well versed with state regulations for early education, and on national and international levels, facilitated the adaptation of teaching strategies to students’ individual learning styles and cultural differences. She can speak several languages and considers this to be an asset while working with diverse families. Through her appointment by several national associations, institutes and universities, she has been widely accredited for her innovation in teaching practices.