I have been an early childhood educator since 1978, and the owner/administrator/lead teacher of the Oxford Early Childhood Center for over 17 years. I have also been a university instructor since 2000, teaching courses in Early Childhood Education, Educational Leadership, Theatre, and Women’s Studies. Since 2010, I have been an Early Childhood Curriculum and Administration consultant, creating and providing professional development opportunities for teachers, caregivers, administrators, and home care providers.
I believe that children learn best when their environments and experiences are creative, loving, supportive, and personalized. I utilize an “Integrated Curriculum” that combines multiple approaches and learning experiences, including group projects, individualized instruction, self-directed learning, active play, and content-process tasks. At the core of all of these approaches is a foundational commitment to maximizing creativity for all children.
Member of Phi Kappa Phi and Golden Key National Honor Society; Nominated as Outstanding Early Childhood Educator for Butler County, Ohio AEYC; Served on the Ohio Early Childhood Advisory Council
Ph.D. (Interdisciplinary) Educational Leadership (with Theatre and Women’s Studies), Miami University 2010; M.A. Theatre (focus in Directing and Playwriting), Miami University 2000; B.Ph. Interdisciplinary Studies (focus in Early Childhood Education), 1992
Publications: “What Are Little (gender “normal,” heterosexual) Kids Made Of: Performing Gender and Heteronormativity in the Dramatic Play Area.” In Chappell, D. (Ed.). Children Under Submission: Play as Curriculum. Peter Lang, 2010 . Footpaths and Bridges: Voices from the Native American Women Playwrights Archive. Co-editor with Dr. Shirley Huston-Findley. University of Michigan Press, 2008. “Movin’ On Up: Transitioning to Kindergarten, with Tips for Easing Anxiety.” Childhood Education, Summer 2008.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Reading, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Numbers, Science, Environment, Social Studies - History, Arts & Music, Graphic Arts, Other (Arts), Geography, Critical Thinking, Oral Communication, Holidays/Seasonal, Autumn, Halloween, Spring, Informational Text