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The ECE of the Year Award

The ECE of the Year Award

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Welcome to HiMama’s Annual Early Childhood Educator of the Year Award

Recognizing Excellence in Early Education

Our goal at HiMama is to empower early childhood educators with affordable tools that enable them to improve learning outcomes for the children they work with each day. These early childhood professionals deserve recognition. We created the ECE of the Year Award to inspire others to share stories about incredible Educators in their community.

Early Childhood Professionals are dedicated, hard-working and passionate about improving learning outcomes for our youngest children, yet 55% of educators make less than $30k a year (2017 Child Care Industry Benchmark Report). It’s time to acknowledge and celebrate the Educator.


The ECE of the Year Award Winner: Kecia Nunn

Kecia Nunn ECE of the Year Winner

Nomination Details:

Nominated by Tanisha Butler, Head Teacher

Mrs. Kecia has been a wonderful addition to Discovering Me Academy.

A native Houstonian, Mrs. Kecia has worked for several corporate childcare centers in administrative positions before joining the Discovering Me Academy Team in 2013. Since her tenure, she has assisted in growing the center from approximately 80 children to over 200 children, and from one location to two locations. She has pioneered our Texas Rising Star success, has been a veteran liaison between Discovering Me Academy and the Texas School Ready project, and recently worked with the Directors on implementing a new nationally recognized curriculum.

In 2015, Mrs. Kecia was promoted to Lead Teacher and assisted in growing the Pre-School Program from 30 all day children to over 70 all day pre-school children. Mrs. Kecia is a firm believer learning begins on the carpet. She assists in creating tools and find resources to aid in making the Teacher’s and Assistant Teacher’s jobs innovative and enjoyable. In her role as Lead Teacher, every day was different and never boring! She has a true passion for leading the school ethically, challenging and supporting not only the staff but the children as well. Mrs. Kecia builds a sense of community, self-awareness and focuses on the core beliefs of early child development while encouraging children to be the best they can be. Mrs. Kecia was recently promoted to Curriculum Coordinator and continues to assist Lead Teachers and both facilities. She strives to make every day pleasant and enjoyable for the children and staff.

She is passionate about sustainability and goes the extra miles on days Discovering Me Academy experiences staff shortages. She is a true role model in professionalism and leads by example. Over the past year, Mrs. Kecia has facilitated Saturday training on classroom management, teaching techniques, literacy, and most recently conducted a training on Helping Children Cope in the Wake of Traumatic Experiences a training she conducted to assist staff help children affected by Hurricane Harvey. I am very proud Discovering Me Academy as a role model of best practices on our team. Not only do we value Mrs. Kecia our fantastic parents and school community partners value Mrs. Kecia pleasant attitude, warm and genuine demeanor. When parents partner with us and look forward to working with staff it makes a big difference on the impact we have on children during their early years. The dedication and commitment Mrs. Kecia has exemplified not only to the school but children and parents are one of the vital reasons Discovering Me Academy is able to stand by our mission. Her back to basics approach to the early learning environment and 100 percent dedication makes her a true leader in the Early Childhood Industry. Mrs. Kecia Nunn is from Houston, Texas.

She received her associate degree in Early Child Development from Houston Community College. She has over 30 years’ experience in Early Childhood Education and has held several administrative positions at corporate childcare facilities but finds her true passion working directly with children in underprivileged areas. She has been married to her wonderful husband Randy for 15 years, and enjoys spending time with her three granddaughters and German Shepard Peppa.

The 2017 Early Childhood Education Jury Included:

Jury Photos for the Early Childhood Of the Year Award



Early Childhood Of the Year Award

HiMama's Early Childhood Educators of the Year - 2017 from HiMama


Why Participate

Educators Deserve Recognition
This is your opportunity to celebrate the impact that early learning leaders, child care workers, and preschool teachers have on our youngest children.
There Are Prizes
The winner will receive an award plaque and gift card for $250 in school supplies* As a nominator you’ll be automatically entered into a draw to win a Fitbit.


New This Year
Our expert jury panel will select the award winner from our top voted nominees
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How To Participate

Nominate an educator
Nominate a worthy educator using the form above. Be sure to include a photo (with permission).
Nominations began November 15, 2017
Spread the word
Help your nominee win by spreading the word on social media and encouraging others to vote!
Vote once every 24 hours
Vote for Your Top 10
On December 4th, the top 10 nominations that receive the most community votes will be sent to our judging panel for consideration. The award winner was announced on December 13th 2017.


Read the bio of our last year's ECE Award winner here

Having trouble submitting a nominee? Email us at eceoftheyear@himama.com and we’ll be happy to help!


*Only early childhood educators’ resident to Canada or the US are eligible to win the ECE of the year award. However, we encourage nominations to recognize all early educators across the world!