Advocate for Indigenous Families Elected to National Board of Directors

Francis Vigil

Published June 25, 2018

ST. LOUIS — Parents as Teachers National Center welcomes education specialist Francis Vigil from Rio Rancho, New Mexico to its Board of Directors whose role is to help promote optimal early development, learning and health of young children by supporting and engaging their parents and caregivers.

“It’s an honor to welcome new leaders to our Board,” stated Constance Gully, president and CEO. “These individuals bring a wealth of expertise in areas vital to our work including early education policy, culturally and linguistically responsive methodology and pedagogy, literacy and early language development, pediatric medicine and more.” Ms. Gully added, “Our entire organization benefits from the energy, ideas and guidance provided by a wonderful Board. We look forward to successful collaboration in the important work underway to support children and their families.”

Regarding his appointment as an expert in Native Culture, History and Language at the U.S. Bureau of Indian Education, Vigil said, “I am excited to join the Parents as Teachers organization because, not only am I an advocate for indigenous communities and families around the world, but I feel that my extensive background in various educational levels and settings will help to inform and strengthen the work that Parents as Teachers already provides through an indigenous lens.”

PATNC’s Chairman, Patricia J. Kempthorne concluded, “The organization has and will continue to be led by respected leaders from diverse backgrounds who are united in a shared commitment to evidence-based home visiting because we know it works to fundamentally improve the health, education and economic stability of children and families. We appreciate all who have and will engage with us in accomplishing our mission.”

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