Professor, Early Childhood Education, Illinois State University
Check out Nancy’s bio from ISU here! Check out Nancy’s past post from the 2013-2014 school year, “Stop Cutting Out Frogs, and Start Building Community!”
Instructional Assistant Professor, Early Childhood & Elementary Education, Illinois State University
Check out Kira’s bio here! and for some background about her: Kira is an instructional assistant professor in the Early Childhood and Elementary programs at Illinois State University, and a doctoral student in the School of Teaching and Learning. Kira teaches social studies methods, issues and practices in elementary education, and intro to urban education at ISU. In addition, she has been a supervisor to ECE clinical students in the local schools. Prior to her work at ISU, she was a PreK teacher at Ravenswood Elementary and Blaine Elementary in the Chicago Public Schools. She is a certified Positive Discipline teacher and family educator, and she leads professional development for teachers and parents on building community and classroom/behavior management. Check out Kira’s post from 2013-2014, “Flipped Lids & the Beginning of the Year,” and from this year, “Time On Your Side: The Use of Classroom Timelines.”
Associate Professor, Early Childhood Education, Illinois State University
Amanda Quesenberry, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at Illinois State University in the School of Teaching and Learning. Dr. Quesenberry has worked in a local Head Start program, has served as a training and technical assistance provider for early childhood programs across the country, and also completed a National Fellowship at the Office of Head Start in Washington, DC. She received her Ph.D. in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2007. Her research interests include young children’s social and emotional development, educators’ professional development, and early childhood policy. You can explore Dr. Q.’s posts from the 2013-2014 blog cycle here, here, and here, and her recent 2014-2015 post titled, “Helping Reluctant Children Learn to Love School” here!