UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Molly Gerrish

Molly Gerrish

Molly Gerrish

Associate Professor, Early Childhood Program Coordinator, Academic Program Director - Early Childhood Degree Completion Program
member of graduate faculty

Start Year: 2006

Teacher Education
Office: 258 Wyman Teacher Education Bldg
Phone: 715-425-3510

Email: molly.gerrish@uwrf.edu

Education:

Ph.D. Early Childhood Education 2014
Master of Science in Education, 2001
Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders/ Early Childhood Education, 1996

*New Mexico State Exchange Program 1996

Courses Taught:

TED 225 Developmental Learning
TED 326 Place-Based Science
TED 326 Place-Based Science- Scotland Study Tour
TED 329 Nature through Inquiry
TED 330 Infant/Toddler Programs
TED 332 Preschool Curriculum
TED 345 Parent Education and Family Development
TED 389 Supporting social/emotional development through nature experiences
TED 400 Supervision and Management of Early Childhood Programs
TED 410 Early Childhood Language Arts
TED 708 Preschool and Kindergarten Curriculum and Materials

Professional Affiliations:

Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI)
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE)
The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE)
The Teacher Educator Network for Environmental Education (TENFEE)
Wisconsin Association for the Education of Young Children (WECA)

Professional Activities:

Advisor- Early Years Enthusiasts (EYE) student organization
Executive Board Member- United Way Success by Six
Experience China 2017 Faculty Member
Editorial Board Family First Publication
Pierce-St. Croix County CARES coalition
Proceedings Reviewer- National Conferences on Undergraduate Research
Student/Faculty Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor
Sustainability Faculty Fellows- University of Wisconsin-River Falls
St. Croix Early Childhood Interagency Council
Scotland Summer Study Tour Leader 2016

Research Interests:

Nature-Based Teaching; Risk Assessment and Risky Play
Inquiry -Based Learning; Experiential Learning
Adverse Childhood Experiences/Influence on Development and Learning Social/Emotional Development/Mindfulness in Education Early Intervention; School "Readiness"
Nature-Integrated Environments; Sustainability in EC Programs
Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum
Communication Patterns of young children and parents/teachers; Parent and Family Education
Early Childhood Teacher Educators (males, degree completion patterns, influence of education on job opportunities and retention)

Professional Awards:

2013 Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year Award for the College of Education and Professional Studies

2014 Opening Minds USA Innovation in Education Award Finalist

2016 First Annual Distinguished Teaching Award for the College of Education and Professional Studies (awarded by the UWRF Student Senate)


International Presentations:

"Assessment of Risk: inside, outside, and beyond"

Global Summit on Childhood, ACEI, April 2016, Costa Rica.

"Using the outdoors to engage, excite, and explore to create sustainable citizens of the world". Global Summit on Childhood, ACEI, April, 2014, Vancouver.

National Presentations:

Opening Minds USA Conference, Chicago, IL "Awareness of Risk, Inside, Outside, and Beyond". Opening Minds USA Conference. January, 2016.

Opening Minds USA Conference, Chicago, IL "Promoting Development of Inquiry, Place-Based and Sustainable Practices in Early Childhood Programs". Opening Minds USA Conference. January, 2015.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Inspire-Explore-Discover: Promoting Development of Inquiry, Place-Based and Sustainable Practices in Early Childhood Programs. NAEYC national conference, Dallas, TX. November, 2014

Opening Minds Chicago AEYC. Shoes Off, Hands On! Using the Outdoors to Engage, Excite, Experiment, and Explore with Young Children to Create Sustainable Citizens of the World Opening Minds Chicago AEYC, January, 2014.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Engage, excite, experiment, and explore! How to use nature-based teaching practices with young children to create sustainable citizens of the world. Presented at the NAEYC national conference, Atlanta, GA., November, 2012.

The Association for Experiential Educators (AEE). Engage, excite, experiment, and explore! How to use nature-based teaching practices with young children to create sustainable citizens of the world. Presented at the AEE national conference, Madison, WI, October, 2012.

Publications:

Intentional teaching and nature: benefits for early childhood educators. Wonder/Exchange Magazine, Nature Action Collaborative for Children (NACC).

Connecting your kids to humanity's greatest teacher. RestoreHealing.com

1, 2, 3 Go! Scavenger hunts encourage learning. Teaching Young Children, TYC, 4(4), 21-24.

Problem Solving Skills: A necessary skill for school and life success. Walden University Early Childhood Organization News.