EYC Faculty Research Interests

Hengameh KermaniDr. Hengameh Kermani, associate professor of education joined the faculty at the Watson College of Education in 1995. She received all three of her degrees from University of California at Santa Barbara in Developmental Psychology and Sociology, Early Childhood Education, and Educational Psychology with emphasis in Early Childhood Education. Prior to her move to Wilmington, Hengameh worked as a classroom teacher with children ages 2 through 9 in a multicultural context. Hengameh coordinates the Education of Young Children (EYC) academic program within the college of education and currently teaches: EDN 382 – Literacy Development in the Early Years, EDN 430 - Preschool Curriculum, EDNL 430 - Field Experience in Kindergarten, EDN 463 - Child, Family and Teacher Relations, and EDN 465 - Practicum in Education of Young Children. Her research interests include maternal teaching strategies and their impact on children’s problem solving abilities, family literacy, peer-tutoring, and impact of technology on learning and teaching.  Her current research focuses on STEM education for young children.


Photo of Amy MoodyDr. Amelia Moody is an assistant professor of early childhood and special education and  joined the Watson College of Education in 2008. She received her Ph.D. in Special Education from The University of Virginia in 2007. She holds a M.Ed. in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Virginia and a M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Loyola College. Before coming to UNCW, Dr. Moody taught early childhood and special education courses at the University of Virginia and served as a research assistant on two federally funded grants in the Preschool Language and Literacy Lab. Dr. Moody started her teaching career as an Applied Behavior Analysis therapist at a school for autism. Eventually, she worked as a public school teacher for children with disabilities in preschool and elementary schools in Virginia. In the EYC program at UNCW, Dr. Moody teaches courses in both the early childhood and special education departments. Her research interests include the use of assistive technology to enhance language and literacy skills in young children.


Karen LaRue is an adjunct faculty member of the EYC department.  She graduated from UNC Wilmington with degrees in Early Childhood Education, Pre-school Education and a Master’s Degree in Language and Literacy.  Prior to working at UNCW, she was a classroom teacher in New Hanover County Schools for over 33 years, teaching grades pre-K through six and focusing on at-risk children.  Mrs. LaRue has taught EDN 302 Observation and Assessment, EDN 424-Child Guidance, EDN 227-Aesthetic Development, EDN 384- Creating a Preschool Environment, EDN 380- Play and the Creative Arts, and EDN 465- Practicum in Education of Young Children.


Jale AldemirDr. Jale Aldemir is an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education  and joined the faculty of the Watson College of Education in 2012. She received her Ph.D. and M.Ed. from the Pennsylvania State University in Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis in Early Childhood Education. She also received her minor degree in Adult Education with emphasis in Family Literacy from the PSU. She holds a B.S. in Psychological Counseling and Guidance from Inonu University in Turkey. Before pursuing her academic career, Dr. Aldemir worked as a school counselor at elementary and secondary level schools in Turkey. During her graduate studies, she worked in child care centers, taught undergraduate early childhood courses and supervised field experience students. She currently teaches the following courses in the EYC program: EDN 204-Introduction to Early Childhood Education, EDN 424- Child Guidance, EDN 460- Administration of Early Childhood Programs, EDN 280- Play and Creative Arts, EDN 450- Infant and Toddler Program Models, and EDNL 450- Infant and Toddler Program Models Lab. Her research interests include technology integration in preservice teacher education, STEM in early childhood education, and democracy and democratic beliefs in early childhood education.




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