Rebecca Isbell, Ph.D., is Director of the Center of Excellence in Early Childhood Learning and Development. She is a professor of Early Childhood Education at East Tennessee State University where she was recognized as a distinguished professor for teaching. Dr. Isbell has served as the director of the lab school for young children and currently serves as a consultant for this program. She designed a pilot site for Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance, now a state training program for early childhood educators. Rebecca has conducted research on the positive effects of storytelling on young children's language development and is involved in the annual National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee. For a number of years, Rebecca has presented at international, national, and regional early childhood professional meetings. She is a sought-after presenter and keynote speaker for early childhood conferences and training meetings. Her interests cover a range of topics in early childhood education including: learning environments, learning centers, literacy development, music/art and drama, creative thinking, and infants/toddlers. Rebecca Isbell lives in Jonesborough, Tennessee.