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COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL 8 Introduction has been teaching in New Mexico for twenty years in private and public preschools and kindergartens. She has a master’s degree in early childhood education. • Laura Docterman: Laura is a consultant with New Mexico PreK, providing support to teachers with curriculum, lesson planning, room environment, and teacher development. She has taught infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartners for sixteen years. She has a BS in early child multicultural education and is currently working on her master’s in early childhood cur- riculum and instruction. • Suzanne Hegarty: Suzanne has taught four-year-olds at St. Saviour’s Church Nursery School in Greenwich, Connecticut, for eight years. She and her colleagues implement the Connecticut Preschool Assessment Framework through lesson planning and portfolio assessment. She has a BS in education and has also worked in the media center in an elementary school. • Sue Jeffers: Sue has been teaching kindergarten at University School (a private, independent school) in Milwaukee, Wiscon- sin, for nineteen years. For ten of those years, she has served as cochair of the preprimary department. She has a BA in elemen- tary education and early childhood certification. • Brenda Kofahl: Brenda is PreK Program Specialist and Data Coordinator/K–3 Plus Program Manager in the Literacy Bureau, New Mexico Public Education Department. She has been an early childhood teacher, child care director, Head Start director, birth to age eight education coordinator, and an elementary prin- cipal. She taught full-day kindergarten in a visual and perform- ing arts magnet school for nine years as well as teaching first and second grades. She also taught university-level early childhood courses and served for one year on the National Indian Head Start Directors’ Board of Directors. She has a BS in elementary education and an MS in education. • Mary McQuiston: Mary is Education and Development Man- ager for New Mexico PreK. She also teaches courses in early childhood multicultural education at the university level. She has been in the field of early childhood education since 1990 and has worked with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers in the roles of classroom teacher, supervisor, and trainer. She has a PhD in COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL