Visiting Clinical Lecturer
Larissa has been in early childhood education (ECE) for about thirty years in a variety of roles and settings. She has many years of experience in direct service working with diverse children and families. She also has extensive experience supporting the professional development of in-service teachers as a coach and curriculum coordinator and of pre-service teachers as faculty in and director of teacher education programs. Her approach is grounded in the work of Dewey, Erikson and sociocultural constructivism. As an ECE professional committed to social justice and concerned with political implications of dominant discourse around childhood and education, her focus is on supporting the voice, agency, well-being and sense of belonging of both children and teachers and to put those at the center of programmatic and policy decisions.