Anna Lees, Ed.D.

she/her/hers, Director Early Childhood Education, Associate Professor


Anna Lees Ed.D. (Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, descendant) began her career as an early childhood classroom teacher in rural northern Michigan. Now, an Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education at Western Washington University, she partners with schools and communities to prepare teachers for the holistic needs of children, families, and communities. Anna is committed to developing and sustaining reciprocal relationships with Indigenous communities to engage community leaders as co-teacher educators, opening spaces for Indigenous values and ways of knowing and being in early childhood settings and higher education. She is currently engaged in research around land education professional development led by Indigenous nations and Indigenous curriculum development with tribal nation early learning and community programs. Her scholarship has been recognized by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education’s Journal of Teacher Education, Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, the Spencer Foundation, and the National Science Foundation; she currently serves as editor of the Tribal College and University Research Journal and co-chair of the American Educational Research Association’s Indigenous Peoples of the Americas special interest group.