Mary Geisser is an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate School of Education.
Professional Title: Adjunct Professor
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: Integrating the arts into early childhood education as a way to make learning engaging and empowering for all learners; multiple uses of documentation and how it can support and enrich process-based and emergent learning; integrating anti-bias education practices into early childhood education.
Area of Work and Concentration at Lesley: Early childhood education
Representative List of Recent Courses Taught: EEDUC 5115: Families, Society, and Schools; EEDUC 5120, Young Children with Special Needs; EEDUC 5130: Integrated Curriculum in Early Childhood: Science and Health; EEDUC 5128: Integrated Curriculum for Early Childhood: Social Studies and Classroom Life
Education: B.S., University of Rhode Island (Early Childhood Education); M.Ed., Lesley University (Creative Arts in Learning); Ph.D. student, Lesley University
Representative List of Recent Publications / Exhibitions: Presentations2013 NAEA-Fort Worth, TX: The Art of Listening: developing emergent arts curriculum with young children through open-ended art.2012 Guest Speaker, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, Anti-bias education and young children with special needs in the art room.2012 Guest Speaker, Reggio Emilia Inspired Curriculum, Rhode Island College, Providence2012 "New Your City": Bringing Together Art and Community through Recycled Materials and Imagination, Community of Scholars, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA.2012 SCRAPS- RI Art Education Conference, A Tale of Two Cities: Creating art and community with imagination and recycled materials, Newport, RI.2011 NAEYC-National Conference, Orlando, Fl.: Cameras & Curriculum: Using photography, imagination, and the arts to explore the world.2011 International Art in Early Childhood Conference, Eyes on imagination: Giving voice to children's perspectives through visual inquiry and the arts. Toledo, OH2011 NAEA-National Convention- Seattle, WA: Open-ended Art: addressing the needs and imaginations of all children.2011 Mapping Imagination: Exploring Curriculum Through the Arts, Community of Scholars, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA. Publications2013 “Inside my Hand: reflections on art, artists, and creativity from young children. In progress, Self-Published2012 Our Alphabet City, exploring literacy through photography- self-published.2011 Sandywoods Kids, Documentation of art at Sandywoods Farm- self-published.2011 New Your City: Fox Point Community Library- Self-Published on Blurb.com2009 Curriculum writer for Early Childhood Development Series, Families First-Cambridge, MA2006 IREG (Imaginative Research in Education Group) International Conference Dancing with Imagination: Imagination a Necessary Step for Higher Order Thinking.ExhibitionsBoehme Galley, Warren, RI “Nor Easter” Juried Exhibition, Art Works New Bedford, MA Summer Faculty Exhibition- Rhode Island School of Design, Woods Gerry Gallery. Providence, RI Juried Members Exhibition, Artworks, New Bedford, MAAtrium Gallery, Art on the Farm: Sandywoods Artists Cooperative, group Exhibition, Providence, RIFaculty Exhibition, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, MASalon 21, Juried Exhibition, Nave Gallery, Somerville, MAAll about Records Center for the Arts, Group Exhibition, Taunton, MARhode Island Art Teachers Annual Exhibition, Krause Gallery: Moses Brown School Providence, RIArt on the Farm, Sandywoods Farm Gallery Cooperative, Tiverton, RIArtists Gallery, RIAEA “Scraps” Conference, Salve Regina.BeMused, Artists sale, Sandywoods Farm, Tiverton, RIInvitational show, Portsmouth Art Guilds, Portsmouth, RI.Juried in July-Juried exhibition, Sandywoods Gallery, Tiverton, RISandywoods Gallery, Tiverton, RI AS220, Providence, RIHera Gallery, Wakefield, RIGinger’s Café, Wakefield, RIWaiting Room Gallery, New Orleans, LA,Harwood Gallery- New Mexico,
Beginning in the fall of 2013, Mary Geisser will begin a full time faculty position at Bunker Hill Community College in Early Childhood Education. Mary has worked as an adjunct professor in Early Childhood Education for Lesley University, Fisher College, and for the Art Education program at UMass Dartmouth.She has worked as a full time teacher in pre-schools and kindergartens in Providence, RI. As a teaching artist, Mary has conducted arts workshops for children in schools and community settings, as well as doing workshops with teachers. Since 2005, she has been teaching classes for young children in the Rhode Island School of Design’s Young Artist program. In 2011 she developed an emergent after school arts program for children ages 0-13, at Sandywoods Farm in Tiverton, RI, and is currently on the board of the RI Art Education Association as the Early Childhood Education representative. Mary’s focus has been on integrating the arts into Early Childhood Education programs as a way to make learning engaging and empowering for all learners. She has also been exploring the multiple uses of documentation and ways that it can support and enrich process based and emergent learning. Mary’s teaching has been inspired by the practices and pedagogy of Reggio Emilia and their underlying respect for young children and valuing their multiple languages of communication. She is a strong believer in the principles of Anti-Bias Education and the necessity for educators and children to work towards an appreciation of differences in the classroom and in their lives. She has presented regularly at conferences of the National Art Education Association and the National Association for Young Children. Mary is also a visual artist who plays with collage, bookmaking, felted sculpture and textiles.
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