Speaker Pelosi Visits Tufts’ Eliot-Pearson
Ahead of a panel discussion at Tufts’ Breed Memorial Hall on early education and child care on May 3, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Congresswomen Katherine Clark and Lori Trahan visited the Eliot-Pearson Children’s School, a school affiliated with the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts.
In addition to educating eighty children from preschool to first grade, the school is a training and observation site for teachers, as well as a space for education research by Tufts faculty and students.
Guided by Tufts professor and department chair Marina Umaschi Bers and school director Hanna Gebretensae, the congresswomen spent time with students in a kindergarten robotics class and a bioengineering class. Children presented a poster thanking Pelosi for her work, explained the concept of bioluminescence, and even sang a brief song.
“It’s an honor to have been invited here. It’s amazing to see how receptive the children are as they’re learning,” Pelosi told staff at the school. “It’s a beautiful facility and you obviously love your work—congratulations and thank you for what you’re doing.”
Later, reflecting on the Eliot-Pearson tour at the panel discussion, Pelosi added, “What we saw here this morning means a great deal, not just to the children being beautifully attended to and educated, but as a model to the rest of the country.”
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