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Ann McClain Terrell

Ann McClain Terrell has 45 years of professional experience in the field of education, primarily in early childhood education and the nonprofit community. Ms. Terrell is the former executive director of the Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation, Inc., serving in that capacity from 2015-2018. Prior to that role, she was an administrator in the Milwaukee Public Schools district, serving as the director of Innovation from 2013-2015 and director of Early Childhood Education from 2006-2013. In addition, Ms. Terrell mentors emerging early childhood leaders and other young Milwaukee leaders. She is the current president of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Ms. Terrell 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, and an Apprenticeship Certificate in Early Childhood Education from Milwaukee Area Technical College.

Ms. Terrell is proud of her extensive community service work and has served on a number of boards, councils and committees. Her current service includes the Wisconsin Governor’s Early Childhood Advisory Council and the Cardinal Stritch University of Educational Leadership Advisory Committee.

Ms. Terrell has received prominent recognition with highlights to include the 2007 National Black Child Development Institute – Milwaukee Affiliate Early Childhood Recognition Award; the 2008 Black Women’s Network Legacy of Leadership in Education Award; the 2012 MATC Centennial Alumni Award; and in 2016 recognized as one of the most influential African Americans in Wisconsin. Most recently, Ann was acknowledged with the 2018 MPS Foundation Legacy Alumni Award.

Ms. Terrell is the author of the book, “Graceful Leadership in Early Childhood Education,” published in 2018. She is the proud mother of two daughters and grandmother of five, all of whom bring much joy to her life.


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