Denise Graham is an Academic Specialist with a wide range of experience in her twenty-five years as an early childhood professional. For the first five years of Ms. Graham’s career she owned and operated her own home daycare. Ms. Graham then transitioned into opening and directing a preschool that was housed in an elementary school; she remained in this position for eight and a half years when Lansing Community College offered her a position in their child development program. At Lansing Community College Ms. Graham was a Lab School Teacher where she spent her days in the classroom with children and instructing college students. Ms. Graham remained with Lansing Community College for nine and a half years. When Ms. Graham left Lansing Community College she pursued her MA degree in Early Childhood Education at the University of Michigan Flint. At the University of Michigan Ms. Graham held the position of teacher mentor. In the teacher mentor role Ms. Graham’s responsibility was to guide the teaching practices of the teaching teams in their lab classrooms as well as train support staff.
In the classroom Ms. Graham believes that children are competent and capable. She frames these beliefs by using the Reggio Amelia approach to early childhood education. Her latest interest is in the study of infant and toddler programing as well the influence Piaget Schema theory in regards to children’s engagement with the environment.