RYE, N.Y. -- The Westchester Children's Museum will honor Larchmont's Beverly McAllister for her commitment to early childhood education on May 9 in Rye.
McAllister, director of the WCM's "Museum Without Walls" program, is set to receive the 2014 Milton A. Williams, Jr. Scholars in Education Award at the WCM's gala on May 9. WCM's annual benefit gala will be the first to be held on site in the Museum’s future home at the Playland Bathhouse in Rye.
The Milton A. Williams, Jr. Scholars in Education Award recognizes "the invaluable role that teachers play in the lives of children and honors recipients for their positive impact on education," according to a press release. The award was created in partnership with Helen Williams in memory of her late husband Milton Williams, Jr., father of Westchester resident actress and performer Vanessa Williams, who serves on WCM’s Advisory Board.
Williams was a music teacher and administrator for 43 years at the Alice E. Grady Elementary School in Elmsford. The award honors "Mr. William’s legacy as an educator and encourages others in the field to grow in their teachings and continue learning along the way," according to the release.
“Milton was a mentor of not only music, but of life. Aside from teaching, he was a Boy Scout Troop Leader, a Millwood Fire Commissioner, and member of the Elmsford Rotary Club, among other things,” said Helen Williams, a former educator in the Ossining School District. “Milton had an insatiable thirst for learning and for sharing his knowledge with others. He was dedicated to teaching whenever he had the opportunity and was truly passionate about education in all its forms.”
Helen Williams said that McAllister has had a "long and vibrant career" in education in Westchester, according to the release.
“Her record of leadership and mentoring other professionals, development of dynamic programs for young children, and experience leading a team of educators in developing and delivering museum related programs to diverse communities makes her an outstanding honoree to carry on Milton’s legacy of lifelong learning," she said.
Beverly McAllister is the Program Coordinator of the Museum Without Walls, the interactive education program developed by the Westchester Children’s Museum to fulfill its educational mission "until the bricks and mortar museum opens its doors in 2015," according to the release. Previously, Ms. McAllister was Executive Director of Kids’ B.A.S.E. and The Little School in Scarsdale; Director of the Reformed Church Nursery School in Broxville; Director of Ridgway Nursery School & Kindergarten in White Plains; and a classroom teacher for many years prior. McAllister lives in Larchmont with her husband Harmon who is also an educator and a Museum Without Walls team member.