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Ann Epstein

Specialty area(s)

Early Childhood Education

Brief biography

This is my eighth year at UW-L. Before completing my doctorate in Early Childhood Special Education, I taught young children (3 through 6 year-olds) in Montessori private and public schools. I am grateful for Montessori consulting opportunities and I enjoy teaching "Introduction to Special Education" to Montessori teachers in Baltimore and St. Paul. I live in Winona and love working with our EC-MC majors.

Current courses at UWL

ECE 326 Kindergarten Curriculum and Assessment; ECE 327 Kindergarten Field Experience; EDS 402 Field I Seminar; ECE 212 Child Growth and Development


B.S., Communicative Disorders, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

M.Ed., Early Childhood Education and Montessori certification, Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH

Ph.D., Early Childhood Special Education, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

I taught children ages three through six in Montessori learning environments for 15 wonderful years!

Teaching history

ECE 440 Language and Literacy for Young Children; EDS 492 Student Teaching Seminar

I also taught courses on infancy and toddlerhood and contemporary issues in education that are no longer offered at UW-L.

Professional history

Before coming to UW-L, I taught at Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina; Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL; and at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY. I have enjoyed teaching at each of these institutions but am very partial to UW-L!

Research and publishing

My most recent publications are with Dr. Lema Kabashi on the use of video feedback to support children with autism. I also published research regarding teacher perceptions of families' priorities and stressors. I enjoy writing about the match between Montessori education and children with special needs. I am currently editing a book on Montessori inclusion and re-submitting an article addressing effective Montessori supports for children with autism.