Soroptimists Name U-Idaho Professor Janice Fletcher Woman of Distinction in Education

Wednesday, November 17 2010

Written by Donna Emert

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – Janice Fletcher, professor of early childhood development at the University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene, has earned the Soroptimist International of Coeur d’Alene Women of Distinction Education Award.

The honor will be awarded at the club’s 28th annual Women of Distinction Awards Luncheon at 11:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 19, at Cedar’s Restaurant in Coeur d’Alene.

Soroptimist is an international organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world. Soroptimists in about 120 countries and territories contribute time and financial support to community-based and international projects that benefit women and girls.

Fletcher is a nationally recognized expert on early childhood development and has earned multiple university, regional and national awards for excellence in teaching, research and outreach. Those awards include the University of Idaho’s Award of Excellence for Teaching and the Award of Excellence for Academic Advising, a Teacher Fellow Award from the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture association, and the 2009 Sticking Your Neck Out for Idaho's Children award from the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children.

Her research focuses on the health and well being of young children, early nutrition, educating child care providers and early childhood teachers, and nurturing best practices for family and community in support of young children. Local partnerships in those endeavors include Coeur d’Alene school district, Head Start, Early Head Start, and Idaho Heath and Welfare’s Infant-Toddler Program.

Fletcher joined the University of Idaho faculty in Moscow in 1979. She moved to the Coeur d’Alene campus in 2008 to develop curriculum and strengthen early childhood education partnerships with colleges in northern Idaho and early childhood programs throughout the region.

She was nominated for the award by University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene colleague, Jamie Anderson, senior administrative assistant.

“I nominated Janice for her achievements, passion and dedication to children and students,” said Anderson. “Her achievements in the field of child development and her enthusiasm to make our community and state a better place through caring are inspirational.”

Supporters, friends and colleagues are invited to attend the luncheon. Tickets for the event are $25 and available at the door. Proceeds for this luncheon benefit the Soroptimist current projects and the Children’s Center.

Those who would like to make seating arrangements may purchase tickets in advance by contacting Anderson at
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About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals. For information, visit