Gipson-Tansil, LaVelle M.S.Ed.


LaVelle Gipson-Tansil, M.S.Ed.

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Senior Academic Specialist


  • M.A. Early Childhood Administration, Bank Street College
  • B.A. Elementary Education, Michigan State University

Areas of Interest

  • Early Childhood Education and Learning
  • Teacher Training, Administration, and Supervision
  • Positive Guidance and Discipline
  • Child and Family Development using a Human Ecological Approach and Perspective 
  • Inclusive Environments for Children with Exceptionalities
  • Mentoring Marginalized and Disenfranchised Populations

LaVelle Gipson-Tansil, Senior Academic Specialist, Instructor, joined the faculty in 1991. Her tenure includes Directorship of the Child Development Laboratory, teaching, supervising advising and mentoring early childhood educators as well as teaching faculty for undergraduate and graduate core course in the Early Childhood Program. Courses include Family, Child and Youth, Positive Guidance of Young Children in Group Settings, Observation of the Individual Child, Play, Administration of Early Childhood Programs and Creating Culturally Sensitive Environment and Communities. Her major area of responsibility is with professionally oriented students and areas of interests are with issues of public policy, early childhood and family advocacy, diversity and teaching tolerance.

Mrs. Gipson-Tansil’s career opportunities include public school teaching and administration, early childhood and full day child care director, licensing consultant and public policy advisor.