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Ann is currently an associate professor and director of the Early Childhood – Middle Childhood program at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse in the Department of Educational Studies. She teaches courses addressing early childhood language and literacy, and Kindergarten curriculum and assessment. She also coordinates a Professional Development School field experience and supervises student teachers. Ann’s research interests include teacher perceptions of family priorities, accommodations for young children with exceptionalities, and the use of video self-modeling to assist young children with autism. Ann’s holds a BS in Communicative Disorders from Northwestern University, a Masters in Early Childhood Education from Xavier University, and a doctorate in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Maryland. Ann was a Montessori teacher with 3 through 6 year-olds before completing her doctoral studies in early childhood special education. After forty years as an early childhood professional, she still truly believes the best way to make the world a better place is to provide ALL young children and their families with the highest quality early learning experiences possible.
The development of language in early-childhood classrooms is an umbrella for the entire Montessori curriculum. Often teachers and parents consider activities on the shelves of the Language area as the heart of actual language learning. Certainly these activities provide powerful opportunities, but language learning occurs most profoundly in the moment-to-moment life of interactions within the […]