Distinguished Alumni Award

Photo of Tiffany Chisholm, Early Childhood Education graduate

Tiffany Chisholm
2012 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient
Class of 2009, AS Early Childhood Education
Class of 2011, BS Child Study

For over five years, Tiffany has made a significant difference in the lives of children and teens and has shared her passion for youth development and the early childhood field in many ways.

Tiffany‘s journey through the education arena began when she became employed by the Bristol Boys and Girls Club in 2007. Tiffany has held many titles there, which change during the various times of the year.

Since the start of her career at the Bristol Boys and Girls Club, Tiffany has served as a program facilitator for the national Smart Moves and Smart Girls program. Through the Smart Moves program, Tiffany teaches youth from ages 6-15 to remain abstinent from substance abuse and sexual involvement through the practice of responsible behavior. An outgrowth of the Smart Moves program, the Smart Girls program is a health, fitness, prevention/education and self-esteem enhancement program for girls ages 8 to 17. Tiffany encourages healthy attitudes and lifestyles that will enable early adolescent girls to develop to their full potential.

Tiffany has also been serving as a youth development specialist since her start with the organization, and handles managing numerous programs that the Bristol Boys and Girls Club offers, including Power Hour, Youth of the Year and Little Chefs to name a few. Through this position, she also specializes in how to deal with behavioral situations that arise with the children and teens.

Her position as a unit director during the summer months for an outreach unit in an underprivileged neighborhood began in 2009. Tiffany supervises the day to day operations for this summer group of 25-50 children and organizes the Roberto Clemente Baseball League, weekly field trips, the arts and crafts, cooking and technology programs, and parent involvement initiatives.

From 2010-2011, Tiffany secured a position as head teacher at an early childhood classroom housed at Bristol Eastern High School. The group was an outreach unit of the Bristol Boys and Girls Club that serviced the children of teachers and young mothers.

Tiffany’s most recent position with the Bristol Boys and Girls Club is mentor specialist for a mentoring program that services 40 underprivileged youth. Tiffany is responsible for pairing each child and teen up with a mentor and overseeing the relationship and progress between the two.

While at the Bristol Boys and Girls Club, Tiffany also worked as a paraprofessional in a special education classroom at Bristol Eastern High School. There, Tiffany worked with students from ages 7 through 12 with numerous behavioral disabilities.

With an Associate in Early Childhood Education and Bachelor of Science in Child Study from Goodwin University, Tiffany received several recognitions, including induction into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and an award for both academic excellence in early childhood education and general studies. She was also a Summa Cum Laude graduate in 2009 and 2011.

Tiffany has given back to her profession by presenting at numerous conferences and workshops. In June 2011, Tiffany was asked to speak to a crowd of 350 people at the Connecticut State Department of Education’s Building Strong Futures: The Essential Supports for Pregnant and Parenting Teens Conference. There, Tiffany spoke about her experience as a teen mother and how it shaped her life.

Tiffany’s passion for science, math and technology also led her to present at the 2010 Literacy Conference at Goodwin University, the 2011 Connecticut Association for the Education of Young Children (CAEYC) Annual Conference on science and early childhood, and the “Technology Savvy with Children” workshop at the 2012 CAEYC professional development series and at The School for Young Children at Saint Joseph College.

Ever committed to individual advancement, Tiffany tutors students in Goodwin University’s Early Childhood Education and Child Study programs, specifically with technology related courses. She also remains connected to Goodwin University by serving on the Early Childhood Advisory Board and the Alumni Leadership Committee.

Most recently, Tiffany has made one of her dreams a reality. She started a new business venture called Clover Educational Consulting, LLC, a company that provides educational services and assistance to early childhood centers, teachers and others who can benefit from the services offered. Clover Educational Consulting, LLC provides workshops in professional development, youth development and education, public speaking engagements, academic tutoring, consulting for early childhood programs and support for teen parents.