The Cindy Harrington Heart & Mind Award

The Cindy Harrington Heart & Mind Award is an annual award given to an individual who is currently working in the field of early childhood education in the state of Alaska. Cindy Harrington was one of the founding mothers of early childhood work in Alaska, as well as a member of thread’s Board of Directors until her untimely passing in May of 2014. We honor Cindy’s passion, strength, and professionalism by awarding an individual in early childhood education who exemplifies these characteristics. One of Cindy Harrington’s strengths was recognizing individual achievement, especially when it involved overcoming barriers. The recipient of this award demonstrates the qualities Cindy herself would want to honor.

"Cindy had an incredible capacity to love and share her energy and positivity with others. She is one of the founding mothers of early childhood work in Alaska and has been part of making a great change and progress in the field. She will be dearly missed but will be honored through her legacy and advocacy for quality early care and education." Stephanie Berglund, CEO, thread


2018 Cindy Harrington Heart & Mind Award Recipient: Nellie Edmund

Nellie Edmund

Nellie Edmund of Alakanuk, Alaska, is the recipient of thread’s 2018 Cindy Harrington Heart & Mind award. Nellie is the Teacher Director at Alakanuk Head Start and has taught over three generations of Head Start children in her 40-year career. Nellie is a leader in the classroom, encouraging children to learn and grow toward their full potential. She is committed to learning as well, and while working full-time, supporting a family and maintaining traditional cultural activities, Nellie, after 25 years of experience in Head Start, earned her AA degree in Early Childhood in December 2005. She helped her staff persevere after Alakanuk Head Start caught fire in 2014, and is highly respected by the parents in her village.  

Pictured, left to right, are thread Board member Lindsie Mills, 2018 award recipient Nellie Edmund, thread CEO Stephanie Berglund, and thread Board Vice President Sen Tan.

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