by Craig Simpson - New England

Rodney West, co-facilitator, for the NAEYC Men’s Interest Forum, retired as teacher and administrator in the San Diego School District.

He was among those Educators in the African American community honored with a citation from the house and senate of California. He spoke in a neighborhood gathering attended by his family and friends about the importance of early education in the lives of children and the special role of men in this field in which he has been a pioneer and leader.

He plans to continue his work with early education , youth, and gardening just some of his passions. He is a true model for us all.