Laurel Bongiorno
Laurel Bongiorno
Affiliated with Master of Education in Early Childhood Education, Robert P. Stiller School of Business
About Dr. Laurel Bongiorno

Dr. Laurel Bongiorno has served as a full time faculty member in Champlain College's Education program since 1998. She currently serves as the Dean of the Division of Education and Human Studies and previously served as the Dean of the Robert P. Stiller School of Business.

Her Bachelor's Degree from Gordon College is in Business and her Master's Degree from Wheelock College Graduate School is in Teaching Young Children. This combination of majors was no mistake; Laurel's intended goal was to direct an early childhood program, which she did. Bongiorno taught preschool, directed a parent education program, and directed an employer sponsored early childhood program in Burlington, Vermont for twelve years before making the move to higher education.

During her career, Laurel has served as President of the Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children (VAEYC), as Champlain College's Faculty Senate President, and as a member of several organizational boards including the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Affiliate Council, Vermont's STARS Oversight Committee, and the Governor's Advisory Committee.

Bongiorno writes for VAEYC's eConnections and has written for Young Children. She has written for CNN's Schools of Thought education blog and NAEYC's new website for parents of young children. Laurel consults with local early childhood programs presenting quality early childhood professional development opportunities and offers workshops and keynotes on the topics of play, blocks as mathematics, leadership and mentoring, and curriculum development.

Bongiorno's Ph.D. is in Education with a Specialization in Early Childhood. Her dissertation focused on preschool parents' perceptions of their children's learning through play. She is passionate about play as learning and sharing this information with parents.  Bongiorno is the 2012-13 recipient of the The Edward Phelps Lyman Professorship, which is awarded to a senior faculty member of the College community who has shown dedication to students and Champlain College through a record of service and excellence in teaching and advising and through work on faculty and College committees.

Read her Excellence in Teaching Address delivered during the 2012 Convocation.

Dr. Laurel Bongiorno's Recent Publications