Scranton, PA (November 18, 2013) – Penn Foster, a leader in career-focused online and blended education designed to address the skills gap in America, today announced the appointment of Nancy Moretti as Department Chair for Early Childhood Education. With more than 25 years of experience in the field of early care and education, Moretti has worked as a teacher assistant, lead teacher, head teacher, director and executive director in the childcare industry, and is the owner of Just for Kids Early Childhood Learning Center in Smithfield, Rhode Island. At Penn Foster, Moretti is responsible for the management of instructional staff in the Early Childhood Education program.
"Our goal is to prepare our students for career success, and Nancy’s background in early childhood education makes her ideally suited to give our students real time access to a professional in their field of study,” said Ray McNulty, Chief Learning Officer of Penn Foster. “Her expertise and passion will be pivotal in helping us strengthen and expand Penn Foster’s Early Childhood Education program."
Moretti will be presenting at the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Annual Conference on Nov. 23 on career opportunities in the field of early childhood education and development. She will discuss how these fields offer a large array of options, providing extremely satisfying work to individuals passionate about working with young children. The panel discussion will cover best practices in setting goals for educational and career endeavours and everything students need to land their dream jobs.
After receiving a diploma in child day care from Penn Foster, Moretti went on to earn an undergraduate degree in early childhood education and special education from the Community College of Rhode Island, a bachelor’s degree in child development from Concordia University and a master’s degree in early childhood education administration from Nova Southeastern University. Moretti is currently a candidate for a doctoral degree focused on early childhood education at Northcentral University. Prior to joining Penn Foster, Moretti began her career in higher education in April of 2006. She is an RI certified early childhood educator, a PA Keys certified higher education instructor, and a Professional Development Specialist for the Council for Professional Recognition.
"Each of my jobs in the early childcare education field has taught me valuable lessons about administration, leadership, professionalism, child development and working with families and the community,” said Moretti. “As someone committed to lifelong learning, I look forward to my time at Penn Foster, where I will work to ensure excellent student support and instructor interactions as well as meeting the goals and objectives set by the school."
About Penn Foster
Founded in 1890, Penn Foster has been a leader in career-focused distance and blended learning for more than 100 years. Since its inception, more than 13 million people have enrolled in its high school, career school and college to learn advanced skills, further their education and better position them for life success. Today, Penn Foster graduates 25,000 students yearly and enrolls more than 100,000 new students each year in programs designed to address the skills gap in middle skilled careers. Penn Foster's high-quality, affordable distance education allows students the flexibility to complete programs around their schedules with 24/7 access to a supportive online community of students and faculty. For more information, visit www. pennfoster.edu.