Alumna Cunningham honored for passion for education

Posted March 09, 2011

Cheryl Cunningham ('78) has been passionate about early education for more than thirty years. ACU's Department of Teacher Education honored her for her dedication at the Morlan Award Dinner, March 4.

The Morlan Award honors the memory of Dr. Grover C. Morlan, who established the Teacher Education program at ACU. Each year, an alumnus who has made significant contributions to the field is selected to be honored by the program.

Cunningham is the director of Early Childhood programs for the Abilene Independent School District. She is the principal of Woodson Early Childhood Center, Locust Early Childhood Center, Crockett Early Head Start and the Early Childhood Initiative at Reagan Elementary.

After graduating in 1978 from ACU with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education, Cunningham went on to get Master's degrees in Communication Disorders and School Administration and Supervision.

Throughout her teaching career, Cunningham has worn many hats. She served as a speech/language pathologist for Abilene State School before taking the lead teacher role at the AISD preschool program for children with disabilities. In 1990, she was appointed to her current position as director of the Early Childhood programs.

Learn more about the Department of Teacher Education and its mission here.