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UNG professor named to state Board of Early Care and Learning
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Dr. Cristina Washell, an Associate Professor and the Coordinator for the Elementary and Special Education Program at the University of North Georgia, has been named to state Board of Early Care and Learning by Gov. Kemp. (Courtesy Salai Sayasean/University of North Georgia)

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has named the University of North Georgia’s coordinator of elementary and special education program to the state’s Board of Early Care and Learning.

Dr. Cristina Washell, also an associate professor on the Dahlonega campus, previously taught Pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students with special needs in traditional and alternative schools.

According to a press release, the “Board of Early Care and Learning supports and guides the mission and vision of Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, which works to enhance children’s early educational experiences to promote their academic, social, emotional, and physical development in partnership with families, communities, the early care and education industry, and stakeholders.”

In addition to her work with the elementary and special education teacher preparation program at UNG, Washell is engaged in community programs that support the literacy development of Latino children.


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