I have worked with young children and their families in a variety of educational and therapeutic/clinical settings. In my current role as the Coordinator of Studio and Research Arts, I collaborate with both children and teachers to elevate the material and aesthetic dimensions of their inquiry. I am also an Assistant Professor in the Early Childhood teacher preparation program wherein I teach courses in the areas of preschool education, expressive arts, and social studies. My scholarly interests include the materiality of young children’s everyday encounters within school settings, young children’s perspectives on their relationships with the nonhuman, and posthuman/new materialist orientations to qualitative research. I am an active member of the early childhood reconceptualist community and have had the opportunity to present and publish my work in both national and international venues.
Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Early Childhood Education, Kent State University, M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology with a concentration in Early Childhood Intervention, Kent State University, B.S. in Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences with a minor in Psychology, Ohio State University
Children's materialities, posthumanisms and new materialisms, critical early childhood policy analysis, ethics and participation in research with children
Qualitative Research, specifically critical visual ethnography and post-qualitative inquiry
2016 Youth Research Centre Visiting Scholar (Melbourne Graduate School of Education, Australia)
2015 Jeanette Rhedding-Jones Outstanding Dissertation Award (International Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education Conference)