Our Collective Why
Our team fundamentally agrees that when we know better we are able to do better. We value the earliest years of a child’s life and understand the dynamic impact those years have on every child (regardless of zip code). We understand that learning is a life long process. We also understand that the engagement of community, family, and other stakeholders is imperative to the success of children.
Every system in our community interacts with families and children. We fundamentally believe that there must be a network that supports the empowerment of families and children to improve overall capacity of communities and systems within those communities to thrive. We focus on early learning to ensure that learning and empowerment starts at birth and keeps going. We start early, we address issues often, we pivot to address new innovations, and we build systems for big changes.
Big changes can make great things happen for our kids.
Jody is a co-founder of ELAN and has been an educator, consultant, and advocate for purposeful learning experiences for all children for over 25 years. Jody is a mother of two, a community volunteer, and an educational contributor that has contributed to sustainable, responsive learning organizations that engage, inspire, and prepare all children for 21st Century challenges and opportunities.
Sara Mills Henderson
Sara is an organizer, communicator, and ring leader for communities, organizations, and collaboration that can support the mission of our organization. Sara is a mother of two girls and has a professional background in consulting, and is a proven leader in change management, networking, identifying opportunities for growth, and utilizing data to direct and inspire positive change. Sara currently lives in Southern Florida where she continues her work with the Alliance on behalf of young children and early education.
Cheyenne is a passionate educator and mom of young children. She has a background in early education as a teacher, curriculum designer, advocate, and trainer. Cheyenne has been a preschool teacher and director. Cheyenne is one of the hardest workers we know, and is driven by her passion for children and the importance of the early years in shaping children to be life long learners who are curious, creative, and ready for life! She holds down the fort for her family of three boys in the greater Atlanta area. Cheyenne’s work supports our commitment to igniting conversations around early learning and quality learning experiences for all children ages 0-8.
Angela comes to us with a passion for doing what is best for kids. She served formally as an educator for ten years prior to deciding to be queen of the chaos at the Loser home when she and her husband Steve had four boys in under four years. While in education Angela served as a teacher, staff developer and assistant principal. Her desire to do what was right for EVERY child led to many professional development opportunities in special education, high ability, and ENL inclusion. She was a proponent of school wide positive behavior support and a model classroom while the state created RTI. Angela brings her passion for serving kids with disabilities to the focus of her work with ELAN.
Susan is a long-time friend of ELAN. She holds an EdD in instructional systems technology and has a deep understanding of systems level change. Dr. Drumm has been a steadfast advocate for innovation in education, driven by her passion for serving children and supporting educators as they use the best in class tools to prepare all students for their future. Susan is a questioner, thinker, doer, and dreamer. As the mom of three adult children (a technical wiz, a designer, and an advocate) Dr. Drumm has served as a teacher, teacher leader, teacher librarian, coach, analytics coordinator, and more. She leads strategic planning and impact work at ELAN.
Peg is a mother to three and a Mimi to four sweet grandkids. She is recently retired after more than 25 years in education where she served populations from early childhood through post-secondary learners. She maintains a passion for helping parents, caregivers and educators navigate the educational system in order to maximize the learning opportunities for all children. Peg is passionate about early learning and brings a wealth of knowledge to our organization as someone with experience navigating the early intervention landscape in our community.