Meet our staff

Research associates/Project leads

Ann Bailey, Ph.D.

Research Associate
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Dr. Bailey has more than 18 years of experience in the field of education and special education, specifically in technical assistance and dissemination at the regional and national levels, teaching, evaluation, research, and training development. As a research associate, she is working on evaluation planning and research related to early childhood assessment, early childhood literacy, and childcare systems.

Michele Mazzocco headshotMichele Mazzocco, Ph.D.

Research Associate
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Dr. Mazzocco is a professor at the University of Minnesota Institute of Child Development. Her research spans studies with children ages two to 15 years, and adults. Her research focuses on cognitive development in early to middle childhood, individual differences and development of numeracy, mathematical thinking, math anxiety, and lexical ambiguity.

Amy Susman-Stillman headshotAmy Susman-Stillman, Ph.D.

Research Associate
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Dr. Susman-Stillman’s interests focus on promoting strategies to improve the quality of early care and education in home- and center-based settings, meeting the diverse needs of the early care and education workforce, and enhancing the impact of assessment in early care and education programs.

Christopher Watson Head shotChristopher Watson, Ph.D., IMH-E®[IV]

Research Associate
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Dr. Watson focuses on professional development with a focus on the social and emotional development of young children and reflective supervision/consultation, to support practitioners working with young children and their families.

Project staff

Michelle Englund, Ph.D.

Affiliated Member of the Graduate Faculty, Researcher

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Kristina Erstad-Sankey, M.S.W.

Assessment and Training Coordinator and CLASS™ Reliability Anchor

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Mary Harrison, Ph.D., LICSW, IMH-E® (III-C)

Research Associate

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Beth Menninga, M.A.Ed

Project Coordinator

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Alyssa Meuwissen, Ph.D.

Research Associate

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Ashley Midthun

Quality Environment Observer

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Margarita Milenova

Quality Environment Observer

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Deborah Ottman, M.A.

Professional Development Coordinator

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Daniel Peterson

Accounting – Financial Professional 2

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Mary Beth Settergren

ERS Reliability Anchor

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Support staff

Karen Anderson

Executive Office and Administrative Specialist

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