North Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children

Marilyn Agnew

Marilyn Waddell Agnew began her first term on the NCAEYC board in December 2018. Currently, she serves as the Western Regional Representative. Marilyn also serves on the Professional Development and Membership committee, keeping current on professional development trends that directly affect the early childhood workforce.

Marilyn is Director of the Ashe Early Childhood and Education Program at Ashe County Partnership for Young Children in Jefferson, NC. She oversees the coaching and mentoring of teachers, is an EESPLD mentor to the BK teachers in the county, is a TPOT coach and TEAM Leader for the Ashe County Leadership TEAM, and oversees professional development for the preschool, prekindergarten and kindergarten teachers in Ashe County. Marilyn has worked in the early childhood field for over 25 years. Prior to her current role, she was the former More at Four/NC PreK Director with the Partnership for Children of Johnston County. She was also an Early Childhood Consultant with two leading early childhood companies in NC, a part-time instructor in the Early Childhood Department at Johnston Community College, a Preschool-Prekindergarten teacher, and store manager at Stones School Supply in Raleigh.

Marilyn works hard to keep teachers motivated and confident in making a difference in the early childhood field and in the classroom. She is very passionate about her work with the early childhood workforce and their compensation and wages, which are so lacking in this field. She believes it is time for early childhood professionals to be treated as such for all they bring to the field. “We are not babysitters—we have never once sat on babies!”

Marilyn enjoys traveling and spending time at her summer RV home on the Blue Ridge Parkway with family and friends. She loves cooking for her husband John and making memories with him. She is a firm believer that everyone passes your path for a reason, and what you do with that reason is entirely up to you.

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