Gryphon House couldn’t be an award-winning publisher of teacher and parent resources without a dream team of expert authors in the field of early childhood education. With that in mind, we assembled a guest blogging panel, comprised of several award-winning Gryphon House authors, who each have a passion for sharing their advice and ideas for the education and development of young children. So, without further ado, let us introduce our guest bloggers!
Nancy P. Alexander is executive director of Northwestern State University Child and Family Network, a multifaceted program providing a variety of services, including innovative projects to help programs advance in the states’ quality-rating systems and career pathways. She is a nationally recognized speaker and a highly sought-after presenter and workshop leader in early childhood programs throughout the country. Nancy is also the author of Nailing Jelly to the Wall: Defining and Providing Technical Assistance in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Workshops That Work!
Social/Emotional Health & Resilience
Karen Cairone has been with the Devereux Center for Resilient Children, Early Childhood Initiative for the past 13 years. While with Devereux, she has co-authored several resources including Facing the Challenge DVD Series, Classroom Moments DVD, For Now and Forever: A Family Guide for Infants and Toddlers, and Socially Strong, Emotionally Secure. Karen has two upcoming publications with Gryphon House. Karen is editor of the DCRC national newsletter, and delivers training on topics related to social and emotional health and resilience around the country.
Marie Faust Evitt is the head teacher of a preschool class for four- and five-year-olds. Prior to teaching, Marie was an award-winning newspaper reporter and freelance journalist for more than 20 years. Her articles and essays on education, parenting, and child psychology have been published in national magazines and on websites including Newsweek, Parents, Child, Parenting, Scholastic’s Parent & Child, Scholastic.com, and Family Fun. Marie Faust Evitt is also the author of the Gryphon House book, Thinking Big, Learning Big. Marie lives in Mountain View, California.
MaryAnn F. Kohl is the renowned author of over 20 books about art for children. Her books are published both by Gryphon House and by her own company, Bright Ring Publishing. MaryAnn enjoys speaking internationally and working with groups of children all over the US. Articles by MaryAnn can be found at the BN.com “Parents Expert Circle” as well as her own blog. Visit MaryAnn on Facebook too! MaryAnn lives in Bellingham, Washington with her husband, Michael. MaryAnn’s latest books of exciting art adventures are First Art for Toddlers and Twos and Art with Anything: 52 Weeks of Fun Using Everyday Stuff.
Home School/Family Child Care
Kathy Lee is a former early childhood administrator and teacher. She has extensive experience in non-profit, for-profit, and corporate NAEYC-accredited programs. Kathy now facilitates training of early childhood teachers, administrators, and parents worldwide and is the Executive Director at Early Childhood Resources in Canton, Georgia. She is the mother of seven children (biological and adopted) and home schools them all. Kathy is the co-author of The Homegrown Preschooler with Lesli Richards (2013), as well as two other Gryphon House favorites, 101 Easy, Wacky, Crazy Activities for Young Children and Solutions for Early Childhood Directors.
Joy Lubawy has more than thirty years of experience in the early education field, including teaching children with special needs, directing preschools, and educating teachers. She now travels between Australia and New Zealand providing professional development in the areas of curriculum, imagination, creativity, and documentation. Joy lives in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia. Joy Lubawy is the author of the Gryphon House book Preschool Math.
Carol Garboden Murray is a Gryphon House author of the award winning teacher’s guide, Simple Signing with Young Children. Carol has been working with children and families for many years in infant, toddler and preschool education and early intervention. She is currently the director of child care services at Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, NY. You can visit her at carolgarboden.com or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Karen Nemeth earned her BA in Psychology from William Paterson University and her M.Ed. in Learning, Cognition and Development from Rutgers University. She has been a teacher and a teacher educator for more than 25 years, focusing her expertise on first and second language development in young children. She is a nationally known speaker and consultant based at www.languagecastle.com. She is the author of three Gryphon House books: Many Languages, One Classroom: Teaching Dual and English Language Learners (2009), Many Languages, Building Connections: Supporting Infants and Toddlers who are Dual Language Learners (2012) and, with Fran Simon, Digital Decisions: Choosing the Right Technology Tools for Early Childhood (2012). She is also a NAEYC author and consulting editor.
Music/Infant and Toddler Development
Jackie Silberg, who has an M.S. in child development, is an early childhood advocate and popular keynote speaker. She received the Distinguished Alumna Award from Emporia State University, recognizing her current achievements as well as her long and prolific career. Jackie founded and directed the Jewish Community Center School of Music in Kansas City, Missouri, and worked for Channel 41 television, planning the music and performing her original music for a children’s program called “41 Treehouse Lane.” She wrote and produced a television show for Time Warner called “Just Kids,” which addressed children’s needs and interests. Jackie has worked as a consultant with the Discovery Channel, setting up their music streaming website. She has given workshops, keynote addresses, seminars, and family concerts throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia, Germany, and in Singapore. Jackie has served as an adjunct instructor at both Emporia State University and the University of Missouri at Kansas City and lectures at Johnson County Community College. Jackie is the owner of Miss Jackie Music Company. Jackie Silberg lives in Leawood, Kansas. Jackie is the author of several Gryphon House books, including the revised editions 125 Brain Games for Babies and 125 Brain Games for Toddlers and Twos to be released in Spring 2012.
Science & Math
Robert A. Williams – also known as Dr. Bob – is Professor Emeritus at Southern Illinois University. He is currently acting as lead consultant for the NSF-funded Building Base Line Objectives for Children’s Knowledge and Skills in Science (BLOCKS) program at the University of Texas. The teachers and researchers in BLOCKS are assessing what skills four-year-olds can attain before they enter kindergarten.
Dr. Bob has been conducting workshops and conference sessions related to the BLOCKS program. He has taught in elementary, high school, and junior high school in addition to being a college professor. His past work has also included federal- and state-funded projects in water education. He has traveled extensively and conducted workshops and worked with children throughout the United States, Asia, Europe, and Australia. Dr. Bob lives in Belmont, Texas on the banks of the Guadalupe River. He is the author of several Gryphon House books, including Science Adventures, The Preschool Scientist, and Preschool Math.
Children with Special Needs
Clarissa Willis, Ph.D., has worked for the past 20 years on behalf of children with autism spectrum disorder and their families. She is the author of five books including the award-winning titles Teaching Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Inclusive Literacy Lessons. Her articles on child development and early childhood special education have been published both nationally and internationally. Formerly an Associate Professor of Special Education and the Associate Director of the Center of Excellence in Early Childhood Learning and Development at East Tennessee State University, she currently works as an early childhood consultant and frequent speaker at national and international conferences. Clarissa Willis lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.