The Curricula Concepts Team
Jamie Morrison Ward is the owner of Curricula Concepts, Inc. She earned her Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education and Master’s in Reading from the University of Central Arkansas. Jamie has over 20 years of experience in early care and education in a variety of roles- Head Start teacher and center director, Arkansas Better Chance Program Administrator for the AR Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education, Adjunct Instructor for AR State University-Beebe and University of Central Arkansas.
Currently, her focus is on training early educators and caregivers on the importance of engaging families of young children. And, she has aligned her personal passion around health and wellness with her professional work with early educators and families. Jamie is called upon to provide consulting in all aspects of early care and education. She is a consultant for Zero To Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families. Jamie has partnered with many organizations to complete work related to family engagement and other aspects of early education: Council of Chief State School Officers, AR Head Start State Collaboration Office, University of Arkansas-Early Care and Education Projects, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, UAMS-Department of Family and Preventive Medicine/Research and Evaluation Division, and Nemours Children’s Health System to name a few.
Jamie has presented at numerous state, regional, and national conferences. She is the President of the Arkansas Association for Infant Mental Health, Past President and Policy Chair of the AR Early Childhood Association, and a current member of the following organizations/associations: Arkansas State Parent Advisory Council, AR Equity Leaders Action Network, AR State Professional Development Steering Committee, Southern Early Childhood Association, and National Association of Early Childhood State Specialists. For self-care, she enjoys walking her dog, Lucy, and CrossFit!
Professional Development Coordinator
Amy joined Curricula Concepts in 2017 and is excited to be a part of this amazing team. She started in the early childhood field 26 years ago working in a toddler room while in college. That has led to a variety of experiences working with children. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education, P-4 from The University of Central Arkansas and has been blessed to use that in many ways. She had a preschool in her home when her children were young which she absolutely loved. She has worked with the public school systems and most recently has spent the last 4 years working for AETN as the Early Childhood Education Coordinator.
Most of her adult career has been spent pursuing her other passion, which is health and wellness. Amy spent 14 years at Conway Regional Health and Fitness Center as the Program Coordinator. She ran the group exercise program, personal training and community outreach events. She also spent many years assisting local schools to develop before and after school physical activity programs for the children and helped classroom teachers find more ways to integrate physical activity in to their daily routines. She currently serves as the Chair for the Early Childhood and Schools Workgroup for Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention, ArCOP, as well as other Early Childhood Obesity prevention advocacy work.
Amy has been married for 23 years to a stellar guy and has three amazing children. She has one daughter in college in Utah, pursuing a career in Communications with an emphasis in PR and Marketing. Her middle daughter will attend UCA in the fall, tackling a Mathematics degree and doing the STEM Teach program, and her son, the baby of the family, will enter high school next year and loves music, tennis and books.
Amy’s personal hobbies include loving her family, loving to exercise and teach others about health and wellness. She loves to bake, garden and dream big.
She is looking forward to getting to share her love of family and love of education with all of you.
Professional Development Coordinator
Deborah joined Curricula Concepts, Inc. in 2014 as the Program Coordinator. Prior to Curricula Concepts, she served in a multitude of positions with the Arkansas Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education and was a Curriculum Coordinator for a developmental preschool. Deborah has almost two decades of experience in the early childhood field and has served as the AECA Vice President of Communications.
She is on the Children’s Council at Cabot United Methodist Church. Deborah lives in Sherwood with her husband and two daughters. In her personal time, she loves to read and might be a Pinterest junkie.
Family Engagement Liaison
Sarah truly has a passion for people. Her social work career began with the Department of Human Services after which she worked for Fayetteville Schools as a Pre-K Family Service Manager.
Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Arkansas and is also a credentialed Family Service Worker. She is a member of the Arkansas Early Childhood Association and the Arkansas Association for Infant Mental Health. Sarah has trained hundreds of Early Childhood professionals and families across the state of Arkansas.
Sarah is a native of Fayetteville and lives there with her son. She enjoys being creative and spending time with her family! She is active in her church as an infant/toddler teacher and is involved in social justice efforts in her community.
Professional Development Coordinator
In her free time, you can catch her at CrossFit or the lake, where she will be spending time with her husband, Casey, and their baby girl, Ruby Mae.
Hailing from Southern California, Susanna holds an Exercise Science degree from Towson University in Baltimore, MD and a master’s degree from the Clinton School of Public Service. She’s incredibly passionate about mentorship, coaching, youth and child development. During her 3 years as the College & Career Program Specialist at UA Little Rock Children International, she coached individual students, in-school groups, and large groups of teachers around the topics of goal setting, teamwork, and pursuing their passions.
Susanna is excited to join the Curricula Concepts team where she’ll put her health, coaching, and public service skills to use through the Be Well Care Well Arkansas program. Our childcare workers give so much of their time, energy, and love to our kiddos, so she’s excited to help them prioritize their own health and well-being. She’s honored to walk hand in hand with our providers and can’t wait to see the life-changing results that come from it!
In her spare time, Susanna’s an avid creative and hobbyist. From handmade crochet scarves to coffee infusions, DIY-ing to interior design, yoga to hiking with her partner – she loves being active and creative! Recently she realized a lifelong dream of becoming a 200hr Certified Yoga Teacher!
Tori has owned and operated her own successful Teams of Tomorrow (TOT) franchise for the past 10 years. This experience has offered her a unique insight into the world of early care and education. Her TOT program is offered in 30+ childcare facilities across central Arkansas where she has forged relationships and impacted the lives of owners, directors, teachers, parents, and children. She’s excited to continue making an impact through her new Curricula Concepts role as a Well-Being Coach with the Be Well Care Well Arkansas program.
Tori and her husband Ty live in Greenbrier with their 15 year old twins. She loves spending time with her family, is passionate about sports, and can be found most nights and weekends at a ballfield or gym supporting her kids.