..would be me! I am so excited to be able to share this very happy news.

I have been named the 2011 Arminta Jacobson Parenting Education Professional of the Year by the Texas Association of Parent Educators (TAPE). The award was created in 2009 and given to Professor Arminta Jacobson for her many contributions to the field, including having founded and serving as director of the Center for Parent Education at the University of North Texas (UNT) in Denton.

The award will be presented March 18 at the 19th International Conference on Parenting Education and Parenting at UNT in Denton (postponed from February because of weather conditions). The announcement was made last Thursday at the end of the annual meeting of the Council of the National Parenting Education Network / NPEN. With council member Michele Ostafy from Delaware, I am now serving co-chair of the NPEN Leadership and Advocacy committee and, with this award in hand, I am ready to lead and advocate!

I want to say thanks to El Hadji Sarr in Senegal who nominated me, to Mary Crowley in the U.K. and Jamesa Wagwau in Uganda who supported my nomination and to the TAPE committee who read the nominations. I am sure that competition was fierce as there are many wonderful people in this field doing amazing work. I hope I can take full advantage of the title and I welcome readers’ suggestions on opportunities to advance the field of parenting education.