ABOUT ME

FELAND MEADOWS, PH.D. is the first person to be appointed to the Roberto C. Goizueta Endowed Chair of Early Childhood Education.
Born in Mexico, Dr. Meadows has been preparing teachers to serve young children from zero to five years of age in the US and seven other countries for 30 years.

Dr. Meadows began his work at KSU by collaborating with the Dr. Wes Wicker, Vice President for University Advancement, to secure five million dollars with which to construct a World Class Early Learning Center to serve children from 40 days to 5 years of age.

The Center will provide a carefully designed early learning environment in which teachers that Dr. Meadows has prepared will offer a research based, developmentally appropriate, bilingual (Spanish/English) program to 200 children. Three fourths of the children who enroll in the Center will be the children of KSU students, faculty and staff and one quarter will be Latino children from nearby communities.

Next year, Dr. Meadows and a select faculty will offer a new Bachelor of Science program in which candidates will be prepared to qualify for the Professional Standards Commission’s new 0-5 Credential.

INVESTITURE PRESENTATION

Presentation of Feland L. Meadows, Ph.D. as the Candidate for Investiture by Dr. Ann Smith, Associate Dean of the Bagwell College of Education.

  The candidate for Investiture as the Roberto C. Goizueta Endowment's Distinguished Chair of Early Childhood Education is Dr. Feland L. Meadows .

Having been born and reared in Mexico , Feland Meadows is bilingual and bicultural, like Roberto Goizueta, who was born in Cuba . After Graduate School at U.C. Berkeley, he served as President of the College of the Humanities in Mexico City and as Ford Foundation Consultant to five National Universities in Central America . He also is a founder of the Polytechnic University of Nicaragua.

When his five-year-old daughter needed a better education, he enrolled her in a Montessori school. He sat on the floor in a classroom one whole morning watching 3, 4 and 5 year-old children working independently at their own initiative, with little or no intervention by the teacher. He soon decided that he needed to change careers.

In 1970, he resigned his position as college President, employed five teachers trained in Italy and opened Sunny Hill Montessori School in Mexico City . The school served children from six weeks to 12 years of age and they learned to speak Spanish, English, French and Japanese.

In 1972, when Dr. Meadows met Elisabeth Caspari who had studied and worked with Dr. Maria Montessori in India for four years, he invited her to go to Mexico City to train him and 150 other teachers. She stayed and helped him train many more teachers for four years.

During the seventies, Dr. Meadows had a great deal to do with improving the quality of Early Childhood Development and Education in Mexico .

As a Consultant to two Mexican Presidents:

o He researched and documented the devastating effects of malnutrition and the lack of stimulation upon the development and intelligence of poor children in Mexico .

o In response to his study, the Presidents ordered all Government Ministries to increase food services to children in poverty throughout the country.

He Trained Otomi and Nahuatl Speaking Candidates as Bilingual Teachers

o With these teachers, he established 125 Bilingual (Spanish and Otomi or Nahuatl) Montessori Schools under thatched roofs in Indian villages, where no schools had ever been before.

He Helped to Train 500 Nahuatl Speaking Indian Women

o The women mastered skills in community sanitation, childbirth, child development, nutrition, horticulture, raising rabbits and bee keeping.

o Those women became effective change agents in their villages!

He Transformed Hundreds of Government Child- CARE Centers in Mexico :

o from child storage facilities, where children became retarded from lack of stimulation,

o into Child DEVELOPMENT Centers , where millions of children have received stimulating, developmentally appropriate experiences and education for the last thirty years.

In 1983, Dr. Meadows moved to California where he served as Coordinator for Montessori Education for the Irvine Unified School District .

He secured $4,600,000 in grants from the U.S. Department of Education to fund an Early Intervention Program to Prevent School Failure for at-risk 3-5 year-old children from Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean, Farsi and Spanish speaking communities in Irvine .

In 1995, Dr. Meadows came to Georgia to prepare 150 teachers for the GA State Pre-K Program . He stayed on to serve for seven years as the Fuller E. Callaway Foundation's Distinguished Chair of Early Childhood Education at Fort Valley Sate University .

Dr. Meadows has prepared more than 2,500 teachers to serve children from birth to five years of age in the United States , Canada , Mexico , Costa Rica , Panama , France and Switzerland .

Kennesaw State University and the Goizueta Foundation have charged Dr. Meadows with the responsibility to establish a Regional Center of Early Childhood Education. Since coming to Kennesaw, Dr. Meadows has been hard at work, collaborating with Dr. Wesley Wicker and Architect John Anderson in a search for property and for funding resources to build an Early Learning Center Laboratory School for the University. The Lab school will be bilingual English/Spanish and will serve children from six weeks to five years of age.

Madam President, Dr. Siegel, it is my pleasure to present to you Dr. Feland L. Meadows, for Investiture as the Roberto C. Goizueta Endowment's Distinguished Chair of Early Childhood Education!