Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Faculty

Academics

Marge Werner

Director, Nursery School
Degrees

Ed.S., University of Colorado
M.A., Bridgewater State College
B.S., Ohio University

Main Interests

My main interest is in early childhood education and special education. I am very concerned about the "Hurried Child" and the emphasis our culture places on rote learning and standardized testing. As educators we should strive to capture children natural love of learning. We should teach children so they will love learning and become life long learners, critical thinkers and not individuals who simply repeat facts.

As the director of the Elisabeth Amen Nursery School I work closely with college students who observe and do research at the nursery school. I also work with parents by conducting workshops and helping them to understand that education is not a race, but a process.

Research Interests

The nursery school provides opportunities for students to do research in a variety of areas. Recent research projects have included the influence the media has on young children, children's attitudes toward adoption, children's attitudes and impressions regarding doctors and hospital experiences.

Teaching Interests

I currently teach the special education course at Wheaton and, from time to time, "Teaching and Learning" and "Issues In Early Care and Education." I have also taught first year seminar on the topic "Am I Living Out My Parent's Dream?" I also teach graduate courses for Wheelock College and in the past I have taught for Fisher College and in the international graduate program for Framingham State College.

Other Interests

I have been a member of the school committee for the town of Norton for the past five years and am very active in MAECTE, Massachusetts Association for Early Childhood Teacher Education. I am a certified school psychologist and maintain my membership in this group, as well as NAEYC, the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Apart from teaching I love to travel and have been to Russia, Italy, the Scandavian countries and Western Europe. When not working or traveling, I love to garden and to read, especially Harry Potter. I have a cat, a dog and two grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Student Projects

Last year the nursery school and Molly from the grants office wrote a grant for a garden. We call it the Garden Project. The children watched butterflies develop, planted flowers and vegetables and with the help of their parents took care of the garden during the summer. We will continue this project this year with the assistance of college students taking courses in the education department.