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 serves as the Dean of the Division of Education and Human Studies.  She served as a full-time faculty member in Champlain College's Education program from 1998–2012.  

Laurel's undergraduate degree is in Business and Economics from Gordon College, and her Master's Degree from Wheelock College Graduate School is in Teaching Young Children. This pairing was on purpose, with her focus on a career in Educational Leadership. Bongiorno taught preschool, coordinated 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 early Childhood boards including the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Affiliate Council, Vermont's STARS Oversight Committee, and the Governor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Early Childhood Affordability and Early Childhood Think Tank.

Bongiorno writes for the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) families website and print publication Teaching Young Children (TYC) among others and presents and keynotes at local and national conferences on a variety of topics including Appreciative Inquiry, Leadership and Early Childhood Topics of Play, and Creativity.

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 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.