Essence Allen-Presley

Essence Allen-Presley, EdD

  • Director of The Widener Child Development Center
  • Adjunct Professor
Media Expertise:
  • Education
  • Social Justice

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Programs I Teach


  • EdD, Education Leadership (2014)
    St. Joseph's University (PA)

About Me

I believe the classroom culture should include innovative opportunities to create community through social justice values, respect, and equality for everyone. Teachers must include the students need and interest, their knowledge from personal experiences, interactions, opportunities to explore hands on activities, social-emotional regulation through positive behavior supports, and self-constructed inquiry and knowledge through questioning. This style allows children to evolve and gain education through their lenses and world views.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.                                                                          

Black Child Development Institute

Community College of Philadelphia Education Program’s Advisory Board                       

Delaware Valley Association for the Education Young Children: ECE Fellowship 

Kappa Delta Pi; International Honor’s Society for Teachers                      

Pennsylvania Key (PAKEY): Pennsylvania Keystone STARS Stakeholder Advisory Board Woman’s Veterans Rock, Inc. Civic Leadership Institute Master’s Class

NAEYC- National Association for the Education Young Children


2019, Continental Societies, Inc “2019 Essence of Woman” Award. Metropolitan Philadelphia Area Chapter

2019, PennNAEYC, “2019 Voice of Children” Award, Pennsylvania