Dr. B. L. “Buddy” Fish has been an early childhood educator for over 40 years. He served as a
teacher for over 20 years in birth through age 8 classrooms, an educational liaison, and an
administrator. He is retiring as an Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education (graduate faculty) at Jackson State University teaching child development, methods, and theory. Dr. Fish authored many articles, several books, and two albums of songs and stories for early childhood teachers and children. As an advocate for quality educational opportunities, Dr. Fish created a clearing house for information on assessment called the Mississippi Association for Assessment Reform and initiated several family involvement programs called Families Uniting through Literature.
He was chairman of the Mississippi Department of Health Child Care Advisory Board for 8 years
and a member of the Professional Development Panel for the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). He continues to perform training and technical assistance to child care facilities, elementary schools, and Head Start grantees throughout the southern states. Currently, Dr. Fish is working with the Holmes County School District as a consultant in the area of emotional intelligence as a means for developing a behavioral intervention plan and creating a positive school climate. He has written seven (7) children’s books and one book for parents and teachers. He has recorded two albums of songs and stories for children.