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Engagement Editor

Lillian Mongeau

Lillian Mongeau is the Engagement Editor and West Coast Bureau Chief. Her future as a writer was not a forgone conclusion, according to her first grade teacher, Miss. Gill. "I would like to see her put more effort into her writing," Gill wrote on Lillian's first term report card. Also, "Practice math facts to 10... She should know them without using her fingers." While Lillian still often uses her fingers to add (Common Core says it's OK), she has gone on to win several awards for her writing. Most notably, she was a 2017 Livingston Award for Young Journalists finalist for her series on public preschool in the United States. Lillian was also awarded a special citation from the Education Writers Association for a feature in The Dallas Morning News on returning to South Texas, where she'd served as a Teach For America teacher, to see her former students graduate high school. Her work for The Hechinger Report has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, and The Christian Science Monitor among other publications. Lillian is an alumna of the U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and Barnard College at Columbia University. When she's not reading the news or a novel, she likes to ski, quilt and run.

Recent Stories

The state of American preschool, in six parts

Why we need to do more for our littlest learners

Hillary Clinton’s preschool revolution?

Will Clinton’s longtime interest in early childhood help or hurt in the effort to catch up with the rest of the world?

Hillary Clinton answers 10 questions on early education

From infant care to preschool, Clinton—through her campaign—offered The Hechinger Report an exclusive take on her early education policies

Is universal preschool the answer? Britain says ‘yes’

Divided by Brexit, Britain is nonetheless united around offering universal preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds

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One city’s attempt to professionalize early education could be a model for the nation

Is Head Start a failure?

The federal government has invested billions preschool. What more could we do to make it work?

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Oregon could be the first state to fund “outdoor school” for all

Which city has the best public preschools in America?

After relentless focus on quality in the early years, one city brings lessons learned to later grades

Trump pledges to ‘rescue kids from failing schools’ in final night of Republican convention

Education got only the briefest mention in Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s acceptance speech at the Republican convention in Cleveland on Thursday. “We will rescue kids from failing schools by helping…

Republicans and education — where they’ve been and where they’re going

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