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Melissa Viernow

Melissa Viernow, Instructor, Director of Child Development Laboratories | Southern Region Early Childhood Programs

Early Childhood

Melissa Viernow is a Program Coordinator for the Southern Region Early Childhood Programs. She is also the Director of the Child Development Laboratories on the SIUC campus. Melissa has held this position since August 2015. During her time as CDL Director, Melissa earned the Early Childhood English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement. Melissa’s experiences and education have provided her with a wealth of knowledge and the skills to lead effectively and professionally and provide a warm, caring and educational environment for the children and families at CDL.

Education and Work Experience:

  • Center Director August 2015-present, CDL
  • Adjunct Instructor August 2016-present, School of Education
  • Master Infant/Toddler Teacher November 2002 – August 2015, CDL
  • Master’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction 1999, SIUC
  • Graduate Assistant in the toddler room from 1997-1999, CDL
  • Lead Prekindergarten Teacher, Southern Region Early Childhood Programs 1999-2002
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education in 1996, SIUC.
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  • Early Childhood Licensure
  • Early Childhood Special Ed Endorsement
  • ESL Early Childhood Endorsement
  • Illinois Director Credential Level 2
  • ECE Credential Level 5
  • Infant/Toddler Credential Level 5

Instructional Interests:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Reggio Inspired Environments
  • Place-based Curriculum
  • English Language (EL) support in the Early Childhood Classroom
  • Pre-Service Teacher Education for Early Childhood Majors