Dr. Thea Wilson
Dr. Thea Wilson is the Vice President for Children and Families at the Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland. Dr. Wilson is responsible for managing the operations of Early Head Start, Head Start and Parental Involvement programs.
Dr. Wilson has nearly 40 years of early childhood development experience in a public school system and spent 11 years in administration. She has 13 years of experience teaching college level courses as well as creating workshops and facilitating training for parents, teachers and other professionals. Dr. Wilson served as the Chair of Early Childhood at The Music Settlement — a five-star, arts-based, early childhood education program in Cleveland. Immediately prior, Dr. Wilson served as the Executive Director of the Office of Early Childhood – Pre-K to Third Grade – for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.
Dr. Wilson received her Doctorate in Education Leadership from the University of Sarasota (Argosy University). She also holds a Master of Science in Reading Education from John Carroll University and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Baldwin Wallace College. Dr. Wilson has been on various Boards including Cuyahoga Community College Early Childhood Advisory Board and Ohio Association for the Education of the Young Child, Duffy Liturgical Ensemble, and Cleveland Children’s Museum. She has been the Person of the Week in South Euclid, Black Teacher of the Year, Most Influential Teacher, and Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and Cleveland Crain’s Who to Watch in Education 2016. She has been published in numerous education magazines. Dr. Wilson is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. In January 2019 Dr. Wilson became the first African American president for Ohio Association for the Education of the Young Child.