"Educators are required to reform to the needs for their students, students not required to reform to educators.”- Dr. Delilah
The mission of Emerging Learners Literacy Foundation is to promote the advancement of the early childhood literacy learner, educator, family and community stakeholders through language and literacy development, social and emotional learning, cultural awareness and community networking. We believe in the importance of developing the early childhood literacy learner in a well-rounded wholeness. Our ultimate goal is to effectively produce a successful child, rooted in a successful family, linking a successful home and which builds a successful community.
Vision & Values
Meet Our Founder/ Executive Director
Hello Amazing Literacy Community!
I am Dr. Delilah Gonzales. Early literacy and language development are dear to my heart. I operate under the belief system, “Educators are required to reform to the needs of their students, students are not required to reform to educators.” I believe educators and families must implement developmentally appropriate, research-sound, culturally relevant practices to build early childhood literacy learners.
I have worked in early literacy education for over thirty years in different areas, including as a national speaker, elementary teacher, elementary principal, and college professor. Hence, I bring a mixture of being a practitioner and researcher to the table.
I hold a Doctor of Education from the University of Memphis in Curriculum and Instruction Leadership with a concentration in Literacy. I also have a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction Leadership with a concentration in Early Childhood Education from the University of Memphis. My bachelor’s is in Elementary/Early Childhood Education from the University of Tennessee at Martin.
As the executive board director, I look forward to the challenge of “effectively producing a successful child, rooted in a successful family, linking a successful home and which builds a successful community” by reaching one early childhood literacy learner, one family, one educator, and one stakeholder at a time.