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Kelly Baldwin

Lead Teacher Child Development Center

Area: CDC - ECDE

I began my professional career in the field of museum education, spending nearly a decade working for children’s museums in Boston and Chicago to develop and facilitate innovative, child- and family-centered programs for museum visitors, school groups, teachers, and our larger communities.  I then spent several years team-teaching a play-based, Reggio-inspired Junior Kindergarten classroom in Chicago before joining the Kent State Child Development Center teaching team in 2012.  I have also had the privilege to study and teach internationally, with my education-based work taking place in Italy, Japan, Mexico, and India.  My professional interests focus primarily on social justice issues in education, including anti-bias curriculum, critical multicultural education, and critical media studies.  I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Kent State University, a Master of Arts degree in the Social and Cultural Foundations in Education from DePaul University, and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies from DePaul University.

IMAGE: image: Terri Cardy

Terri Cardy

Outdoor Educator Child Development Center

Area: CDC - ECDE

I have been a part of the Kent State community since 2003.  I started with supervising student teachers and teaching early childhood education courses, while my own children attended preschool and kindergarten at the Child Development Center.  I then became the lead teacher in a preschool classroom at the Child Development Center for 8 years.  In the fall of 2013 I became the CDC’s Outdoor Educator.  My role is to collaborate with children and classroom teachers to support their work on the Outdoor Learning Lab and to provide opportunities for children to strengthen their relationship with the natural world including appreciating, caring for and respecting the environment. Sustainability is always an underlying focus of our work.  I am also interested in actively involving young children in issues of social justice.  I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and Master’s in Early Childhood Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. 

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Cynthia Cleary

Lead Teacher CDC

Area: CDC - ECDE
vita [pdf]

I  have been a toddler teacher at the Child Development Center since 2000.  During my time at the CDC, my research has focused on the importance of rituals in the lives of toddlers.  This has been an ongoing, collaborative study with a fellow teacher.  My work has been presented at the national, state, and local levels. I am also interested in studying the nature of play and how toddlers transform reality in their play.  With the increase of ESL students in my classroom in the past few years, I have begun to focus on the role that dramatic play has in the language and literacy development of young English language learners. I enjoy working with pre-service teachers and have been a mentor teacher and a college instructor of students from the Early Childhood Education Department. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in French from Notre Dame College, a Master of Education degree with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education from Kent State University, and an Education Specialist degree from Kent State University.  

IMAGE: image: Becky Frazier

Becky Frazier

Studio Teacher 5 Child Development Center

Area: CDC - ECDE

IMAGE: image: Tyler Hodges

Tyler Hodges

Area: CDC

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Rochelle Hostler

Teacher, Child Development Center

Area: CDC - ECDE

I received my Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Kent State in 2000.  Following graduation, I moved to Pasadena, California where I earned my Master of Arts in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College.  While in California, I worked at a constructivist, Reggio-inspired school with children eighteen months through five years old.  I returned to Ohio in 2005 and began supervising student teachers completing their preschool internship.  Currently, I work as co-teacher in the kindergarten classroom at the Child Development Center and teach Integrated Preschool Curriculum for the Early Childhood Department.  My professional interests include anti-bias, constructivist education, where teachers engage in inquiry alongside children.

IMAGE: image: Pamela Hutchins

Pamela Hutchins

Coordinator of the Children's Program-Admissions & Lecturer, ECE Child Development Center

Area: CDC - ECDE
vita [pdf]

After earning my Bachelor of Arts in Individual & Family Studies at Kent State University I returned to KSU to work towards my Master of Education degree in Early Childhood Education.  Since graduating I have been a preschool teacher in community child care and parent cooperative programs in northeastern Ohio.  I have also served as a mentor teacher and administrative assistant at the laboratory school prior to my current position of Coordinator of the Children’s Program – Admissions which I have held since 1995.  I am also a lecturer in the School of Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum Studies teaching courses in child development and preschool education.  My professional interests are in the area of quality early childhood programming and the role that university laboratory programs play in this.

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Laurie Kidwell

Lead Teacher CDC

Area: CDC - ECDE
vita [pdf]

I started my work at the Child Development Center as a kindergarten teacher from 1982-84.  After raising my family, I returned to the CDC in 1997 to work with preschoolers. My professional interests are in the area of children's use of symbolic languages and the use of portfolios as an assessment tool in preschool classrooms.  I have been involved with presentations in ECE courses and on the statewide level.  I hold a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education degrees in Early Childhood Education, both from Kent State University.

IMAGE: image: Monica Miller Marsh

Dr. Monica Miller Marsh

Associate Professor & Director, Kent State University Child Development Center Child Development Center

Area: TLC - ECDE - CI

I received my bachelor's and master's degrees from Kent State University and taught preschool, kindergarten and fifth grade in Northeastern Ohio.  I pursued my doctorate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Curriculum and Instruction so that I could find answers to the many questions that emerged in my work with children and families. My areas of interest include family diversity, the formation of teacher and student identities, and curriculum development that is inclusive for all children.  I am co-founder (with Dr. Tammy Turner-Vorbeck) of the Family Diversity Education Council, a non-profit organization.  We are currently developing theJournal of Family Diversity in Education to be launched spring 2014.   

IMAGE: image: Jodi Monaco

Jodi Monaco

Lead Teacher CDC

Area: CDC - ECDE
vita [pdf]

I have been a toddler teacher at the Child Development Center since 1995.  My research interest is in how very young children develop a sense of place at school and in the out of doors.  My work on this topic along with research on the importance of rituals and small group learning structures has been presented at several national, state and local conferences.  Currently my research focuses on older toddlers’ responses to their encounters in the campus environment. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, a Masters of Arts degree in Student Personnel and a Master of Education degree with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education all from Kent State University, with additional graduate coursework in Early Childhood Special Education.

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Mrs. Adonia Porto

Preschool Teacher

Area: CDC - CI

I recently became a member of the teaching faculty at the Child Development Center and work as a full time Preschool Teacher. My passion is working with children and families on a daily basis. Each new day brings something new to celebrate. 

My education journey at Kent State University began in 2005 when I became a student in Early Childhood Education. I completed my course work and continued to get my Masters in Education in 2010. I am currently studying as a doctoral candidate in Curriculum & Instruction in the School of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education. 

IMAGE: image: Julia Stoll

Julia Stoll, M.A.

Instructor 404 White Hall / CDC

Area: TLC - ECDE

vita [pdf]

After receiving my Bachelor of Science degree in Education from BGSU in 1993, I taught preschool and kindergarten and then served as a director for a child care center in the Cleveland area. I obtained my Master of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education from KSU in 2000 and I am currently pursuing a doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction at KSU. I currently teach three courses a semester for the Early Childhood Program in the areas of preschool education, mathematics, and science. I also work at the Child Development Center on campus as the Coordinator for the Children's Program - Finances.  I also participate in ongoing faculty research initiatives at the center. My research interest is in the area of teacher education and early mathematics and science teaching and learning.

IMAGE: image: Rochelle Thomas

Mrs. Rochelle Thomas

Receptionist CDC


IMAGE: image: Cindy Vesia

Mrs. Cindy Vesia

Preschool Lead Teacher

Area: CDC

After completing my Bachelor of Science degree In Early Childhood Education I was hired to teach fulltime at the Child Development Center.I completed my Masters of Education degree at Kent State during my first years of teaching .When I was hired to teach at the CDC we had no permanent home.I was given the opportunity to help design the building that is now the home of the Child Development Center.It gives me a great sense of pride that I was able to take part in making the dream of our school become a reality.I had the priviledge of traveling to Reggio Emilia,Italy in 2000 where I spent 10 days studying the infant / toddler centers and preschools with 250 educators from 6 countries.I am involved in ongoing research with my colleagues at the CDC.Some of my professional interests are nature /outdoor education and supporting childrens' interests  through the use of the visual arts.I have been involved in ECED study groups and EC  presentations on a statewide level.I also supervise student teachers who are placed at various sites each semester . 

IMAGE: image: Alisa Westover

Alisa Westover

Lead Teacher CDC

Area: CDC - ECDE

I began my work at the Child Development Center in the Kindergarten classroom in 2009.   Prior to coming to the Child Development Center,  I had taught for ten years at a local school district teaching grades K-4 in a multiage looping program.  I have a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education and a Master's Degree in Instructional Technology both from the University of Akron.  My professional interests include using technology as a tool with young children, S.T.E.A.M curriculum and incorporating the outdoors as a part of our classroom curriculum.  I have been involved in presentations with Early Childhood Education courses and on the statewide level. 

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