- Michele Stites
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
MICHELE L. STITES, Ed.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Education at UMBC. She holds a B.S. in elementary education from the University of Maryland College Park (1997), an M.Ed. in special education from the University of Maryland College Park (2003), and her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction (Early Childhood Education/Special Education) from The George Washington University (2012).Dr. Stites was classroom teacher for ten years (K-5 and special education) and has taught in multiple states throughout the US. Most recently she served as the Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Specialist for a large school district in Maryland. During her years as a classroom teacher she focused on designing instruction that met the needs of all learners, utilizing embedded learning opportunities, and play-based learning. As the ECI specialist she mentored new teachers, wrote curriculum, and assisted in IEP development and execution.Dr. Stites uses a variety of research methodology in her scholarly work including survey research, systematic review, case study, hermeneutics, phenomenology, and mixed methodology. Her research focuses on early childhood education, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), early childhood mathematics, STEAM in early childhood education, STEAM in inclusive settings, early childhood teacher education, preparing general educators to work with children with special needs, inclusion, and military dependent children.