Kathy Hollowell-Makle is the Executive Director of the District of Columbia Association for the Education of Young Children (DCAEYC). Prior to her role at DCAEYC, she was an early childhood educator for 22 years at DC Public Schools, where her students achieved consistently at high levels. In addition to her work in the classroom, Kathy served as a mentor teacher, trainer, and policy advisor.
Over the course of her work in education, she has been recognized for her excellence in early childhood teaching and learning and advocacy. In 2013, Kathy was named DC Public Schools Teacher of the Year, Teach for America Excellent in Teaching Recipient, Congress Heights Association’s Outstanding Educator, DC Government’s Employee of the Year finalist and a 2014 State of the Union guest of First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden.
Kathy provides early childhood expertise to advise policy and programming. Recently she has served as a member of several committees, including the Standards and Competencies for Early Childhood Educators Committee at the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the Washington Teachers’ Union and DCAEYC ECE Task Force, State of the Black Child Advisory Committee at Metro National Black Child Development Institute and is a former Board Member at the DC Association for the Education of Young Children.
Kathy earned a Bachelors of Arts in African Studies with a Concentration in Community Involvement at the University of Maryland at Baltimore and a Master’s of Teaching at Trinity University Washington. When Kathy is not working to improve early education outcomes for young children, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and reading.