Associate Professor of Early Childhood Studies
B.S., M.S., Southern Connecticut State University Ph.D., University of New Mexico-Albuquerque
About Dr. Earick
Mary E. Earick teaches early childhood courses in Inquiry, Integration and Problem Solving in the Primary Grades, Primary Grade Practicum and Student Teaching Seminar. She coordinates the Early Childhood Professional Develop Schools (PDS) in partnership with the Office of Teacher Certification and the Newfound Area School District. Dr. Earick co-teaches with her colleague Dr. Mary Cornish in the PDS providing an authentic setting for pre-service teachers to apply effective teaching strategies through service learning. She joined the Plymouth State faculty in 2009. Dr. Earick currently serves on the Council for Teacher Education, Council for Woman’s Studies and is the faculty liaison for the international educational honor society, Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) at Plymouth State University. Most recently she was appointed to the New Hampshire Effective Teaching Task Forces serving from 2010-2012 and to the national leadership team of the Critical Race Studies in Education Association (CRSEA) as the information technology chair overseeing web design and administration in 2012.
Dr. Earick earned her B.S. in Early Childhood Education with a minor in psychology and her M.S. in Urban Elementary Education with a focus on the impact political literacy has on public schools and children in New Haven, Connecticut where she was a preschool and public school teacher for 16 years. Her public school teaching is featured in the documentary and book, Starting Small: Teaching Tolerance in the Early Years produced by Teaching Tolerance, a project from the Southern Poverty Law Center. Dr. Earick went on to serve as a curator of education at the Norwalk Maritime Aquarium in Connecticut and as an educational consultant at the University of New Mexico while completing her PhD in Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies. Her work focuses on critical studies of whiteness and children’s academic identities, as presented in her book, Racially Equitable Teaching, which she completed as an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Earick also explores the impact of nature and multiage curriculum design on children’s understandings of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through transformative action research in public schools.