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Dr. Nicole Pearce

Assistant Professor

Assistant Department Head

Curriculum and Instruction

Office Location: EDS 217

Phone: 903-886-5525

Email: Nicole.Pearce@tamuc.edu

Professional Vita



Nicole Pearce

EDUCATION

Ph.D. Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum, Emphasis in Early Childhood,

The University of Oklahoma, 2015

Reading Specialist Certification,

Northeastern State University-Oklahoma, 2009

M.A.T Elementary Education

The University of Arkansas, 1999

B.S. Childhood Education

The University of Arkansas, 1998

Certifications:

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2016-Present, Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction, Texas A&M University-Commerce

2015-2016, Ad-Interim Professor, Curriculum and Instruction, Texas A&M University-Commerce

2013-2015 Graduate Research Assistant, Early Childhood Education Institute,

University of Oklahoma-Tulsa

2014-2015, University Supervisor of Interns, University of Oklahoma-Tulsa

2013-2014, Adjunct Instructor, University of Oklahoma-Tulsa

2009-2013, Teacher, Rosa Parks Early Childhood Center-Tulsa, Oklahoma

2008-2009, Long Term Substitute, Jackson Elementary- Tulsa, Oklahoma

2007-2008, Teacher, Jenks East Elementary-Jenks, Oklahoma

1999-2007, Glenview Elementary-North Little Rock, Arkansas

1998-1999, Intern, Jefferson Elementary-Fayetteville, Arkansas

PUBLICATIONS  

Journal Articles

 

Pearce, N. & Davis, J. ( ). Cultivating social justice during interactive read-alouds focusing on multiple perspectives. The Oklahoma Reader.

Thompson, J. & Pearce, N. (Special Issue 2022). A Toolbox for Engaging Children in Play and Creativity for Learning Across the Domains. Dimensions of Early Childhood, 50(1), 37-43.

Pearce, N. & Davis. J. (Special Issue 2021). Fostering Resilience through Executive Functions. Dimensions: Southern Early Childhood Association. Vol 49 No 1

Davis, J., Pearce, N., & Mullins, M. (2021). Missing Boys: The Limited Representation of Black Males in Caldecott Books. Journal of Children’s Literature. Vol 47 No 1

Pearce, N., & Thompson, J. (2019). A Dynamic Duo: A Partnership between an Early Childhood Center and A Teacher Education Program (Feature Article, also translated into Spanish: Un Dúo Dinámico: Una Alianza entre el Centro de Primera Infancia y el Programa de Educación de Docentes, pp. 15-18). Early Years: Journal of the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children 40(2), 11-14.

Pearce, N. & Lake, V.L. (2018). Exploring first graders social and emotional development through situated learning experiences with a classroom pet. Society & Animals,1-22.

Castle, S., Williamson, A., Young, E., Stubblefield, J., Lauren, D., & Pearce, N. (2015). Teacher–Child Interactions in Early Head Start Classrooms: Associations with Teacher Characteristics. Early Education and Development, 27, 259-274.

Pearce, N. (2014). Reconnecting children to nature. Tulsa Kids.

Book Chapters

Davis, J. M., & Pearce, N. (2021). Developing a Children's Literature Course to Facilitate Pre-Service Teachers' Understanding of Culturally Relevant Texts. In Handbook of Research on Teaching Diverse Youth Literature to Pre-Service Professionals (pp. 44-67). IGI Global.

Castle, S., Williamson, A.C., Young, E., Stubblefield, J., Laurin, D., and Pearce, N. (2018). Teacher-Child interactions in Early Head Start classrooms: Associations with teacher characteristics. In D.J. Norris & D.M. Horm (Eds.), Group care for infants, toddlers, and twos (pp. 115-130).

E-Textbook

Pearce, N. (2022). Teaching STEAM in ECE. Ontario, Canada: Top Hat Bookstore.

Pearce, N. (2020). Curriculum across the Early Childhood and Primary Years. Top Hat Bookstore: Ontario, Canada.

Manuscripts in Progress

Journal Articles

Pearce, N. & Davis, J.  (revise and resubmit). A Blueprint for Teaching the Whole Child. Young Children.

Nors, A. & Pearce, N.   (manuscript completed, not submitted). An Exploration of Elementary Teacher Perceptions of Student-Centered and Teacher-Centered Instruction.

Pearce, N. & Lake, V. (manuscript completed, not submitted). Creating Harmony: Temperament as a Tool for Goodness of Fit.

Book Proposals

Davis, J., Ethridge, E., Pearce, N., & Latta, L. (submitted) Teacher Autonomy: A Critical Pedagogical Component in Education. Nova Publishers

Pearce, N. & Davis, J. (proposal in progress). Issues related to early childhood literacy. IGI Global

PRESENTATIONS

Thompson, J., Pearce, N., & Mays, P. (Summer 2022). Diving deep into playful learning experiences for pre-service teachers. National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educator’s Conference.

Loewenstein, M., Pearce, N., Sturdivant, T., & Thompson, J. (2021, June, 14). Games Teachers Play. National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators, Virtual Summer Conference.

Shastid, A. & Pearce, N. (November 2020-proposal accepted/conference canceled). A Comparative Study of Learner-Centered and Teacher-Centered Instruction on Elementary Students at Varying Performance Levels. KDP 2020 Convo Research Summit Proposal.

Pearce, N., Thompson, J., (November 2019). A Dynamic Duo: An Early Childhood Center and Teacher Education Program. National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators: Nashville, TN.

Pearce, N. (November 2018). Enabling preservice teachers to support children’s learning with temperament. National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators: Washington, DC.

Gamez, S., Foote, M., Pearce, N. & Thompson, J. (May 2017). Building a Reggio Environment. Bill Martin Jr Memorial Symposium: Texas A&M-Commerce

Brown, D. & Pearce, N. (March 2017). Building Children’s Early Literacy Knowledge through Engaging Literature Math Provocations: Integrating children’s literature into early childhood math experiences. Southern Early Childhood Association: Biloxi, MS.

Pearce, N. (June 2016). Building Executive Functions During Aesthetic Experiences with Pets. Tulsa Community College Child Development Early Learning Conference.

Pearce, N. (February 2016). Enhancing Executive Function Skills Through Interactions and Projects with Classroom Pets in the Early Childhood Classroom. Southern Early Childhood Association. Tulsa, OK.

Brown, D. & Pearce, N. (November 2016). Examining the Parental Satisfaction of Families of Preschool Children. National Association of the Education of the Young Children: Los Angeles, CA.

Brown, D. & Pearce, N. (September 2016). Math Provocations: Integrating children’s literature into early childhood math experiences. Texas Association of Young Children: Dallas, TX.

Pearce, N. & Legnon, J. (April 2015). Enhancing Social, Emotional, and Executive Function Skills during the Toddler Years through Classroom Pets. The International Infant and Toddler Conference. Tulsa, OK.

Pearce, N. (November 2015). Spawning executive functions through situated learning experiences with a classroom pet that align with children’s temperaments. National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators. Orlando, FL.

Castle, S., Williamson, A., Pearce, N., Stubblefield, J., Lauren, D., & Young, E., (April 2015). The role of teacher characteristics in early head start teacher-child interactions. OU-Tulsa Student Research Forum. Tulsa, OK.

Pearce, N. & Stubblefield, J. (November 2014). Reconnecting Our Children to Nature. National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators. Dallas, TX.

Pearce, N. & Legnon, J. (November 2014). Classroom Pets as a Catalyst for Enhancing Executive Function Skills. Early Childhood Leadership Institute. Tulsa, OK.

Pearce, N. & Legnon, J. (April 2013). Early Intervention is the Key to Success

Infant and Toddler International Conference. Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Pearce, N., Legnon, J., Lauren, D., Young, E., Stubblefield, J., Kelly, L., Berg, T., Patrick, S., & Davis, J. (November 2013). Formal and Informal Assessments in Early Childhood. University of Oklahoma at Tulsa, OK.

Pearce, N. & Legnon, J. (March 2013). Incorporating Hands on Activities in the Middle School Classroom. Celebration of Teaching. Tahlequah, OK.

Pearce, N. & Legnon, J. (July 2012). Strategies in the Early Childhood Classroom and Supporting Parents. Educare Training-Edupaloza. Tulsa, OK.

Pearce, N. (April, 2012) The Influence of Classroom Pets on Children’s Empathy. Student Research Forum. OU Tulsa, OK.

Pearce, N., Legnon, J., Kelly, L., Stubblefield, J., & Davis, J. (April, 2012). Early Childhood Advocacy, Oklahoma Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators. Tulsa, OK.

Pearce, N. & Watts, L. (April 2011). Reading and Writing in the Pre-K Classroom. Rosa Parks Early Childhood Education Center. Tulsa, OK.

RESEARCH GRANTS AND AWARDS

Grants:

2022, “Pride Pathway:  Designing Innovative Teacher Solutions from Paraprofessional to Classroom Leader”  PI: Dr. April Sanders, Co-PI’s: Dr.’s Yvonne Villanueva-Russell, Kathryn Dixon, Kristan Pearce, Janet Kimbriel, Mary Hendrix, Shannon Manley, Tina Lancaster, Prime Sponsor: Department of Education, Pass-through Sponsor: Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Total Awarded: $49,907.46, Project Start Date: 08/04/2022, Project End Date: 09/30/2022

2021, Humanities, Social Sciences and Arts Research Support, Teaching Playful Learning, $5,000.

2018, Child Care Access Means Parents in School, U.S. Department of Education, $740,000.

Award:

2013, The influence of classroom pets on preschooler’s empathy, OU-Tulsa Student Research Forum.

2022, Technology Award

REVIEWER

2021, IGI Global

2021, Oklahoma Journal of School Mathematics

2021, National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators

2021, Oklahoma Journal of School Mathematics

2020, National Association of the Education of Young Children

2019, Advocacy in Education

2019-present, National Association of the Education of Young Children

2017, Early Years

COURSES TAUGHT

 

Spring 2022, Texas A&M University-Commerce

ECE 460 Early Childhood Curriculum

ECE 561 Child Development

 

Fall 2021, Texas A&M University-Commerce

ECE 460 Early Childhood Curriculum

RDG 448 Characteristics and Challenges of English Language Learners in Field Based

ELED 447 Teacher Inquiry Projects and Assessment in Field-Based Settings-001

ELED 447 Teacher Inquiry Projects and Assessment in Field-Based Settings-002

 

Summer II 2021, Texas A&M University-Commerce

ECE 460 Early Childhood Curriculum

ECE 538 Classroom Management

Summer I 2021, Texas A&M University-Commerce

ECE 536 Literacy Development in the Early Years

 

Spring 2021, Texas A&M University-Commerce

ECE 490 Honors Thesis

ECE 460 Early Childhood Curriculum

ELED 447 Teacher Inquiry Projects and Assessment in Field-Based Settings-001

ELED 447 Teacher Inquiry Projects and Assessment in Field-Based Settings-002

ECE 561 Child Development

 

Fall 2020, Texas A&M University-Commerce

ECE 490 Honors Reading

ECE 460 Early Childhood Curriculum

RDG 448 Characteristics and Challenges of English Language Learners in Field Based

ELED 447 Teacher Inquiry Projects and Assessment in Field-Based Settings-001

Summer II 2020, Texas A&M University-Commerce

ECE 460 Early Childhood Curriculum

Summer I 2020, Texas A&M University-Commerce

ECE 536 Literacy Development in the Early Years

 

Spring 2020, Texas A&M University-Commerce

ECE 460 Early Childhood Curriculum

ELED 447 Teacher Inquiry Projects and Assessment in Field-Based Settings-001

ELED 447 Teacher Inquiry Projects and Assessment in Field-Based Settings-002

ELED 438 Integrated Learning: Social Studies in Field-Based Settings

 

Fall 2019, Texas A&M University-Commerce

ECE 460 Early Childhood Curriculum

RDG 448 Characteristics and Challenges of English Language Learners in Field Based

ELED 438 Integrated Learning: Social Studies in Field-Based Settings

ELED 447 Teacher Inquiry Projects and Assessment in Field-Based Settings

Summer II 2019, Texas A&M University-Commerce

ECE 460 Early Childhood Curriculum

Summer I 2019, Texas A&M University-Commerce

ECE 536 Literacy Development in the Early Years

Spring 2019, Texas A&M University-Commerce

ECE 460 Early Childhood Curriculum

ELED 447 Teacher Inquiry Projects and Assessment in Field-Based Settings-001

ELED 447 Teacher Inquiry Projects and Assessment in Field-Based Settings-002

ELED 447 Teacher Inquiry Projects and Assessment in Field-Based Settings-003

Fall 2018, Texas A&M University-Commerce

ECE 460 Early Childhood Curriculum

RDG 448 Characteristics and Challenges of English Language Learners in Field Based

ELED 438 Integrated Learning: Social Studies in Field-Based Settings

ELED 447 Teacher Inquiry Projects and Assessment in Field-Based Settings

Summer II 2018, Texas A&M University-Commerce

ECE 460 Early Childhood Curriculum

Summer I 2018, Texas A&M University-Commerce

ECE 536 Literacy Development in the Early Years

Spring 2018, Texas A&M University-Commerce

ECE 460 Early Childhood Curriculum

RDG 448 Characteristics and Challenges of English Language Learners in Field Based Setting

ELED 447 Teacher Inquiry Projects and Assessment in Field-Based Settings

ELED 447 Teacher Inquiry Projects and Assessment in Field-Based Settings

Fall 2017, Texas A&M University-Commerce

ECE 460 Early Childhood Curriculum

RDG 448 Characteristics and Challenges of English Language Learners in Field Based Setting

ELED 438 Integrated Learning: Social Studies in Field-Based Settings

ELED 447 Teacher Inquiry Projects and Assessment in Field-Based Settings

Summer II 2017, Texas A&M University-Commerce

ECE 460 Early Childhood Curriculum

Summer I 2017, Texas A&M University-Commerce

ECE 536 Literacy Development in the Early Years

Spring 2017, Texas A&M University-Commerce

ECE 460 Early Childhood Curriculum

ECE 358 Language Acquisition & Development in Early Childhood Education

RDG 448 Characteristics and Challenges of English Language Learners in Field Based Setting

ELED 447 Teacher Inquiry Projects and Assessment in Field-Based Settings

Fall 2016, Texas A&M University-Commerce

ECE 460 Early Childhood Curriculum

RDG 448 Characteristics and Challenges of English Language Learners in Field Based Setting

ECE 358 Language Acquisition & Development in Early Childhood Education

ELED 438 Integrated Learning: Social Studies in Field-Based Settings

Spring 2016, Texas A&M University-Commerce

ECE 366 Learning Environments

ECE 358 Language Acquisition & Development in Early Childhood Education

ECE 536 Literacy Development in the Early Years

ELED 447 Teacher Inquiry Projects and Assessment in Field-Based Setting

Fall 2015, Texas A&M University-Commerce

ECE 460 Early Childhood Curriculum

RDG 448 Characteristics and Challenges of English Language Learners in Field Based Setting

ECE 358 Language Acquisition & Development in Early Childhood Education

ECE 358 Language Acquisition & Development in Early Childhood Education

SERVICE

 

National

2020-present

US PREP Curriculum Design committee-Social Studies

2019-present

Proposal Committee (NAEYC)

 

System

2020-present

We Teach Texas COP Representative-Clinical Teaching

2017, 2020

Participated in the Chancellor’s Summit

 

University

2021-present

Pride Pathway Competency-Base Program Design Committee

2020-present

TAMUC Civility Small Group

2020-present

ACUE: Effective Online Teaching Practices: Cohort B

2020-present

Advisor for honor student’s thesis, Britni Sanchez

2018-2021

Advisor for honor student’s thesis, Adeline Shastid Recipient of the degree of BSIS with Highest Honors

2018-present

Judge at the  A&M-Commerce Annual Research Symposium

2017

Collaboration with Gee Library- Bill Martin Jr Library display

 

Department

 

2022-present

Co-chair, A-J TEA Committee

2022-present

Department Policies and Appeals Committee

Fall 2021

Search Committee, R-043742 Assistant Professional Track –

Bilingual/ESL Education

Summer 2021

Search Committee Chair, Adjunct Instructor, Shannon Manley

2020-present

edTPA pilot program-supporting teacher candidates

2020-present

Co-center coordinator East TX Center

2020-2021

Dissertation Committee, Kimberly Bassa, THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CLASSROOM QUALITY AND VOCABULARY DEVELOPMENT IN PREKINDERGARTEN STUDENTS IN URBAN SETTINGS

2021

Graduate representative for dissertation research proposal, Claudia Saenz READING ACHIEVEMENT OF THIRD GRADE ENGLISH LEARNERS AND Low-socioeconomic STUDENTS IN TITLE I AND NON-TITLE I SCHOOLS

2020-present

ECE Grant Committee

2020

Graduate representative for dissertation proposal

2019

Search committee member, C & I position

2019-present

edTPA course alignment planning committee

2019

Judge at the  A&M-Commerce Annual Research Symposium

2019-present

Faculty advisor for Kappa Delta Pi (professional student organization)

2018-present

Dissertation Committee, Kimberlee Bassa

2018

Recruitment at Paris Junior College

2018

Graduate representative for a proposal defense

2018

Served on an Academic Dishonesty Hearing Panel

2018

Assisted with Professional Development Day-Mesquite Metroplex

2017-present

Career development with residents

2017

Resident awarded Clinical Teacher of the Year”, TX Directors of Field Experience

2017

Search committee member, C & I position, Sarah Guthrie

2017

Bill Mart Jr Memorial Symposium planning committee-Vendors

2017-present

Bill Martin Jr Library Curator

2017-present

EC-3 degree program planning committee

2017-present

Assess ECE master’s program comprehensive exams

2016-present

ECE 460 Course Coordinator

2015-present

Evaluate students for placement in the teacher certification program

2015-present

Assist with student teaching placement interviews for Commerce ISD

2015-present

Supervise pre-service teachers in the field

2015-2020

Mane Event

2015-2017

Volunteer for Bill Martin Jr. conference

 

Community

2020-present

Clean up Commerce: Clean up litter by roads

2020-present

Collaboration with Greenville ISD/TAMUC partnership

2020-present

Collaboration with Commerce ISD/TAMUC partnership

2018-present

Collaborate with director of the Children’s Learning Center

2018-present

Volunteer at Greenville Christian School

2018-2020

Greenville Suzuki Strings Volunteer (Greenville ISD)

2017-present

Serve on a committee to try out various technology platforms for videoing and reflecting with students in the field

2016

ASPIRE “The Road Ahead: Professional Development Partnership at Work”

2015 Summer

Volunteer at the Oklmulgee Humane Society

2015 Fall

Volunteer at the Northeastern Children’s Museum

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

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