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CECE Students 2012-2013
Marley Koschel
CECE Role: Undergraduate Research Assistant

Major: Psychology and Early Childhood Education

Minor: Sociology

Expected Graduation Date: May 2013

Career Goal: Teacher

Educational Goal: Master's in Education

A little about me: "I hope to become an Early Childhood Education teacher. I believe that not only understanding but participating in the research and literature surrounding this field is an important piece of being the best teacher I can be. My biggest dream is to someday become a child’s role model in the way that one of my previous teachers became for me."

Sean Leser
CECE Role: Production Assistant

Major: Communication

Minor: Writing

Expected Graduation Date:

Career Goal: Film/Television Production

A little about me: "I've worked in the professional and independent film industries for over four years. Whether it be acting, writing, filming, or editing, I've pretty much done it all. I've been a part of the video production world for years, and plan on doing it for a long time."

Ariel Levesque
CECE Role: Undergraduate Research Assistant

Major: Early Childhood Education

Expected Graduation Date: December 2012

Career Goal: Early Childhood Education teacher and Special Education teacher

Educational Goal: Master's in Special Education with a certification in Autism Spectrum Disorders

A little about me: "I am currently a research assistant for a study looking at teacher scaffolding and technology usage. Early childhood education has been a passion of mine for many years now. I have had a variety of experiences with children of many different ages. I especially have a passion for working with children with special needs and hope to become cross-endorsed in comprehensive special education in my near future. I have a genuine passion for working with children and feel this is my calling to make a difference in this world we live in."

Erin Murphy
CECE Role: Undergraduate Research Assistant

Major: Psychology and Early Childhood Education

Expected Graduation Date: 2012

Career Goal: Teacher

Educational Goal: Master's Degree

A little about me: "Technology is very prominent in children's lives these days, so for our research we thought it will be interesting to see how children interact with iPads while the teachers are scaffolding the children. We will be observing and analyzing the data to better understand teacher scaffolding with the use of the iPad."

Jen O'Connell
CECE Role: Administrative and Research Support

Major: English and Elementary Education

Expected Graduation Date: May 2013

Career Goal: Teacher

Educational Goal: Master's in Education

A little about me: "I plan to become an elementary school teacher, which has always been my dream. I have been working with children in any way possible throughout my schooling, and I hope to one day really make a difference in a child's life through teaching."

Suzanne Slater
CECE Role: Undergraduate Research Assistant

Major: Psychology and Early Childhood Education

Expected Graduation Date: May 2013

Career Goal: Teacher

Educational Goal: Master's in Elementary Education

A little about me: "I am very excited to have the opportunity to engage in research related to technology in education. This is an area that is continually growing and becoming a vital part of early childhood education. The research I will be involved in will look at the scaffolding interactions of teachers during preschool children's use of educational technology. I know that this position and experience will assist me in becoming a more skilled future educator."

Jamie Vallarelli
CECE Role: Undergraduate Research Assistant

Major: Psychology and Early Childhood Education

Expected Graduation Date: May 2013

Career Goal: Teacher

Educational Goal: Master's in Elementary Education

A little about me: "This is my first year as a research assistant, but I have been working and volunteering at the CFDRC for over a year now. Teacher has been a passion of mine for years, and I would love to become an elementary school teacher one day."

Jenny Wolff
CECE Role: Undergraduate Research Assistant

Major: Early Childhood Education and Sociology

Expected Graduation Date: December 2012

Career Goal: Early Intervention/Teaching

Educational Goal: Master's in Special Education

A little about me: "I have always enjoyed working with children and have found a particular interest in the field of special education. Since I have been at ECSU, I have been involved in conducting research for a Spencer Foundation grant in mathematical play interactions between preschool-aged children and teachers, and will be continuing my position in research with the 2012 TIMPANI Toy Study. I am excited to continue my work with children and learn more so that I can make a real difference in the lives of children."