Skip to content Skip to main navigation Report an accessibility issue

The Early Childhood Education Club (ECE Club)

The mission of the Early Childhood Education Club of the University of Tennessee is to advocate for the education of young children and to cultivate and foster leaders in the field of early childhood education by offering opportunities to

  • Engage in service learning and community outreach
  • Form supportive relationships within the field of early childhood education to increase networking opportunities
  •  Foster leadership amongst members through various networking, training, and learning opportunities in the early childhood community.

For details about member eligibility and requirements, attendance policies, and club meetings, please see the ECE Club Constitution.

Click here for upcoming events!


Robyn BrookshireRobyn Brookshire, Advisor


Robyn Brookshire is the Director of the Early Learning Center for Research and Practice. Her work focuses on the preparation of early childhood teachers as well as ongoing professional growth and learning of currently practicing teachers. She provides pedagogical leadership and support to educators at the Early Learning Center, with influences from Italian early care and education and the emerging nature-based pedagogical movement in education.

Katie Shishko, President


Katie Shishko is serving as President of the Early Childhood Education Club. Katie is from Clinton, TN and is a senior majoring in Child and Family Studies on the PreK-3 teacher licensure track. She will attend the Graduate School of Education beginning Summer 2020 to obtain her Masters degree in Child and Family Studies. Following graduate school, she hopes to work in the public school system. Katie also serves as Director of the Academic Affairs committee in the Student Government Association at the University of Tennessee. Katie’s hobbies include digital design and visiting coffee shops.

Sophia Fink, Vice President


Sophia Fink is serving as Vice President of the Early Childhood Education Club. She is a Tennessee native who grew up in Rogersville, TN before moving to Knoxville her freshman year at UT. Currently, she is senior majoring in Child and Family studies on the PreK-3 track. Sophia is a student ambassador for the Child and Family Studies department, a member of the Pride of the Southland Marching band and leadership team, the UT basketball pep band, the National Society for Leadership and Success, and a peer mentor for the FUTURE program here on campus.

Keirsten Brown, Secretary and Treasurer


Keirsten Brown is serving as the Secretary and Treasurer of the Early Childhood Education Club. Keirsten is from Collierville, TN and is a senior majoring in Child and Family Studies with a concentration in PreK-3 education and minoring in Psychology. After completing the Master’s program and internship year, Keirsten plans on going back home to teach at her local elementary school. Keirsten’s other interests besides education includes reading fanstasy and historical books, listening to 80’s music, and playing with her dog, Bear.


Interested in learning more information or joining? Contact us via email