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.