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Administrators

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Victoria Carr

Professor, Early Childhood Education (Birth-5) & Executive Director, Arlitt Center for Education, Research & Sustainability , Arlitt Child & Family Education and Resource Center

2150H EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center

513-556-3805

Victoria Carr, Professor of Early Childhood Education (Birth-Age 5) and Developmental and Learning Sciences at the University of Cincinnati, is Executive Director of the Arlitt Center for Education, Research, and Sustainability which houses the Arlitt Child Development Center, one of the oldest early childhood laboratory schools in the country. She is also an affiliate faculty member in the UC School of Environment and Sustainability. She is co-editor-in-chief for Children, Youth and Environments, a journal that publishes research articles and reports from the field on environments where children and youth live, learn, work, and play. She serves on the editorial review board for the Journal of Research in Childhood Education and is an active member of the Transnational Dialogues on Early Childhood Education for Sustainability (ECEfS), now affiliated with the Sustainability in Early Childhood Special Interest Group within the European Early Childhood Research Association.

She is co-chair of Leave No Child Inside Collaborative of Cincinnati and created the Education for Environmental Sustainability certificate, a UC interdisciplinary undergraduate opportunity for students. She co-founded the Cincinnati Nature Playscape Initiative and implemented the Arlitt Professional Educator Learning Series. Dr. Carr served for several years on Cincinnati Nature Center's Board of Directors and continues to work closely with its programming and applied learning committee. She has served as the faculty advisor for the UC Equestrian Team since 2006. 

Dr. Carr mentors doctoral students and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses within the School of Education, primarily focused on nature-based early learning. She conducts research and publishes books and articles on ECEfS, children and nature, teacher efficacy, and challenging behaviors in early childhood settings. She has generated over $20M in funding related to programming and research in early childhood education during her UC career. Her research on informal science learning in playscapes was supported by the National Science Foundation and she has had multiple projects supported by the PNC Foundation. She conducted research on a community-built playground in Papua New Guinea with her Australian colleagues and continues to collaborate with Arlitt Center researchers and graduate assistants to work with agencies and groups interested in transforming playgrounds into playscapes. 


 
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Andrea Cefalo

Program Coordinator, Arlitt Child & Family Education and Resource Center

1147 EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center

513-556-2478

Andrea Cefalo is the Family and Community Partnerships Coordinator for the Child Development Program at the Arlitt Child and Family Research and Education Center. Her educational background is rooted in early childhood education with a focus on families and social work. Andrea has more than 20 years experience working with families and children as a home care provider, toddler and preschool teacher, childbirth educator, and family advocate. She has presented numerous workshops on the family partnership agreement protocol she developed to monitor self-selected goals for all Head Start families. In June, 2011, she received training to teach the Active Parenting Now series of parenting classes. She is a mother of three and a professional vocalist.
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Joyce L. Hensler

Early Childhood Teacher Education Specialist / Education Coordinator, Arlitt Child & Family Education and Resource Center

EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center

513-614-8160

Joyce Hensler was a Lead Teacher for the Child Development Program at the Arlitt Child and Family Research and Education Center since 1997. She taught a half-day preschool class and served as the Education Coordinator. Ms. Hensler earned her B.S. degree in Home Economics and M.Ed. in Child Development from Penn State. She has many years of experience teaching in both preschool classrooms and high school vocational child care training programs. In addition, she has served as the Child Development Associate Coordinator, Practicum Mentor and Supervisor, and UC Bilingual School Director. She is a contributor to Challenging Behaviors in Early Childhood Settings: Creating a Place for All Children (Paul H. Brooks Publishing Co., 2004).
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Greta Arlene Stroud

Program Coordinator, Arlitt Child & Family Education and Resource Center

1149 EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center

513-556-3875

Greta A. Stroud is the Family Advocate and Program Compliance Coordinator for the Child Development Program at the Arlitt Child and Family Research and Education Center. She has a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and is a certified paralegal. Prior to her position at Arlitt, she worked for many years as a paralegal, serving as a liaison between families and the legal community. Ms. Stroud currently assists families with social service needs, including child care vouchers and assures compliance with child care regulations, NAEYC accreditation, and Head Start performance standards. She is parent of two Arlitt Child Development program alumnae and a volunteer for Cincinnati area schools.
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Casey S Volz

Program Coordinator, Arlitt Child & Family Education and Resource Center

EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center

556-1360

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Mary Elizabeth Wright

Director of Children's Programs, Arlitt Child & Family Education and Resource Center

1159 EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center

513-556-3804

Mary Elizabeth Wright is the Director of Children's Programs at the Arlitt Child and Family Research and Education Center.  Previous to accepting this position, Mary Beth was a lead teacher at the Arlitt Center and served as the Managing Editor / Head Writer of Arlitt Instructional Media, our professional development initiative. Mary Beth also is an adjunct professor for UC's early childhood bachelor's degree programs.  She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Cincinnati.

Our Staff

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Kathleen M Brockhaus

Head Start Tech 2-U, Arlitt Child & Family Education and Resource Center

EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center

513-556-3802

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Leslie Jenna Kochanowski

Dir Academic, Arlitt Child & Family Education and Resource Center

EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center

513-556-6839

Our Teachers

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Hanna Jo Berwanger

Instructor - Adj, Arlitt Child & Family Education and Resource Center

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Beulah M Cable

Assistant Teacher, Arlitt Child & Family Education and Resource Center

2130E EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center

513-556-3802

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Sarah Elizabeth Clancy

Early Childhood Lab School Teacher, Arlitt Child & Family Education and Resource Center

EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center

513-556-3802

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Kelsey Wright Folzenlogen

Arlitt Child & Family Education and Resource Center

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Jennifer Leigh Horwitz

Early Childhood Teacher Education Specialist, Arlitt Child & Family Education and Resource Center

2130R EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center

513-556-3802

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Rachel M Konerman

Early Childhood Teacher Education Specialist, Arlitt Child & Family Education and Resource Center

2130U EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center

513-473-6603

Rachel Konerman, who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Cincinnati, has taught at UC’s Arlitt Child and Family Research and Education Center for ten years.  Inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to educating, Rachel weaves project based learning as well as opportunities to interact with nature and the arts into the daily experiences of the children she teaches.  She strives to preserve in children a love of learning while fostering in them a sense of competency and curiosity.
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Elizabeth Tara Morand

Arlitt Child & Family Education and Resource Center

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Gregory D Schulman

Early Childhood Lab School Teacher, Arlitt Child & Family Education and Resource Center

2130C EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center

513-556-3803

I have been an Early Childhood Proffesional for more than 5 years now. I have achieved my Associates Degeree in the field, and I am now working towards the BA.

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Abraham Stephen Underhill

Early Childhood Lab School Teacher, Arlitt Child & Family Education and Resource Center

EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center

513-556-3801