Course Instructor; Supervised Fieldwork Advisor
Some of the Values that Shape My Work
Human development has been a “through line” in my professional work. The child development literature and my assessment of children guide my work in curriculum development with teachers. I believe that one must learn from and with children as they engage with the physical, social, and intellectual world. Research in the social sciences and my work in Descriptive Review, developed at Prospect School inform my practice. I also have a deep commitment to the role of education in a democratic society.
Work with Families, Children, Schools, and Communities
I taught pre-K and Kindergarten in Connecticut public schools and set up one of the first Head Start classrooms there. I worked with 3- and 4-year-olds and children with special needs at Yale Child Study Center and did a one-year internship at the Psychiatric Clinic for Children in Stamford, CT.
My professional work includes advisory services and workshop presentations in curriculum development in early childhood centers; policy and program documentation of the Connecticut Beginning Educator Support and Training Program (BEST); and Connecticut assessment of first-year teachers, kindergarten to sixth grade in both teacher education and special education.
Recent Professional Contributions
Supervised Fieldwork/Advisement: Supervise and advise 5-7 graduate students each year teaching in NY/CT schools, pre-K to sixth grade seeking Early Childhood, Childhood, or Early Childhood and Childhood General Dual Education Dual Certification; advise graduate students who have successfully complete supervised fieldwork until their graduation
Teaching Responsibilities: Child Development; The Study of Children in Diverse and Inclusive Educational Settings through Observing and Recording; Block Building and Dramatic Play
Administrative Leadership: Coordinator of Annual 3-day Bank Street College June Infancy Institute (2008-2012)
Committee Work: Program Review Committee, member representing Teacher Education (2009-present)
Educational Professional Associations: National Association for the Education of Young Children; New York City Zero to Three
- Ph.D., Educational Research and Evaluation, The Union Institute
- M.S.Ed., Elementary Education, Bank Street College of Education
- B.S., Child Development, Cornell University