Ann Terrell

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Adjunct Professor in Early Childhood Education at Concordia University, WI


Ann McClain Terrell is an Adjunct Professor in Early Childhood Education at Concordia University, Wisconsin. She is the Former Executive Director of the Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation, Inc. She served in that capacity from 2015 -2018. Prior to serving as the MPS Foundation E.D., she was an administrator in the Milwaukee Public Schools district, leading the departments of Innovation and Early Childhood Education., Ms. Terrell has over 30 years of professional experience in the field of education, primarily in early childhood education and the non-profit community. Ann mentors emerging early childhood leaders and other young Milwaukee leaders. She has served as adjunct faculty for Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) and presented workshops and seminars locally, statewide and nationally. Ann holds a Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership from Cardinal Stritch University, a Master of Science degree in Cultural Foundations of Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from UW-Milwaukee and an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from MATC.

Ms. Terrell is proud of her community service work and serves on a number boards, councils and committees, currently including: the Cardinal Stritch University College of Educational Leadership Advisory Committee, the National School Foundation Association Board of Directors and the Urban Ecology Center Board of Directors and recently the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Governing Board of Directors and the Wisconsin Governor’s Early Childhood Advisory Council,.

Ann received the Black Women’s Network Legacy of Leadership in Education Award 2008; the National Black Child Development Institute-Milwaukee Affiliate Early Childhood Recognition Award 2007; and the Community Braining Storming Conference Children’s Advocacy Award in 2004.  She was appointed Chair of Governor Doyle’s 2004 Quality Counts Early Childhood Task Force, which led to the creation of YoungStar, the Wisconsin child care rating system.  She was selected as a 2000 Children’s Defense Fund Early Childhood Leadership Fellow and in 2013 was nominated for the Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators Bert Grover Advocacy Award. Ann is the proud mother of two daughters and grandmother of 5, all whom bring much joy to her life.