Senior Program Associate

As Senior Program Associate, Shellie Grooms uses her strong belief in the value of relationships to engage with educators and other “helpers” of children and families around the practices and ideas of Fred Rogers. Through the work of Simple Interactions, the Educators’ Neighborhood, and a variety of other projects and initiatives at the Fred Rogers Center, Shellie uses her experience as an educator and helper to support others. Prior to her work at the Fred Rogers Center, Shellie worked for Pittsburgh Public Schools Early Childhood program, first as an Early Head Start teacher working specifically with teen parents and their young children, and, most recently, as a Pre K teacher at Pittsburgh Beechwood. She received an MEd in Early Childhood Education from California University of Pennsylvania, where she also received her B.S. in Elementary and Early Childhood Education.  Additionally, Shellie received her English as a Second Language certificate from Point Park University and was a participant in the second cohort of the Educators’ Neighborhood at the Fred Rogers Center.