Dr. Martha Baiyee
"I find joy in learning and thought teaching must be the same. The inherent paradox of teaching and learning excites me. I like the feeling of enlightenment that comes from co-construction of meaning with learners. I fundamentally believe that teaching is learning and vice versa."
- Ph.D. – Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1996
- Presenter of "What's in a Name" to the Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children (MiAEYC) in Grand Rapids, Michigan, April 2018
- Presenter of "Is It an Ethical Responsibility or a Dilemma?" to MiAEYC in Grand Rapids, Michigan, April 2018
- Higher education accreditation peer reviewer training for NAEYC in Washington, DC, 2017
- Cognitive Coaching Foundations Part 1 Training for EMU in Ypsilanti, Michigan, 2017
- Presenter of "What happens when children of various ages are presented with a model prior to a visual art activity?" to MiAEYC in Grand Rapids, Michigan, March 2015
- Recognized by the Washtenaw Intermediate School District in Michigan, June 2015
- Validator for HighScope's Program Quality Assessment (PQA) in Ypsilanti, Michigan, 2014
- Coauthored a book chapter in 2013:
- Children's Rights and Educational Exclusion. In Swadeneer, Beth, Lundy, Laura, Habashi, Janette, Blanchet-Cohen, Natasha (Ed.), (vol. 48, pp. 268). New York: Lang Publishing
- Presenter of "Children's Rights and Educational Inequality: The Impact of Zero Tolerance in Schools" to the American Educational Research Association in San Francisco, California, April 2013
- Invited presenter for an American Educational Research Association breakout session in San Francisco, California, April 2013
In which online degree program do you teach?
Which classes do you teach online?
- ECE 609: Development and Behaviors of Young Children
- ECE 616: Curriculum and Environments
- ECE 641: Assessment Practices
- ECE 689: Colloquium and Internship
What qualities make someone particularly successful in the profession in which you teach?
Early childhood educators must have sound knowledge, skills and competencies in working with children and their families in a diverse and democratic society. In addition, they must have an open disposition—being eclectic with repertoire of theories and practices and having good judgment to decide on which one to tap into so that each child's development and learning will be maximized.
What do you think is the biggest challenge that people in the profession face today?
- Increased diversity of children and their families, yet under-representation of diversity in educators in the school and center-based programs/settings
- Feminized culture of ECE profession, yet crucial to have male educators
- Low compensation for valuable work
- Charge to balance best practices and national state and local mandates
Why did you start teaching?
I find joy in learning and thought teaching must be the same. The inherent paradox of teaching and learning excites me. I like the feeling of enlightenment that comes from co-construction of meaning with learners. I fundamentally believe that teaching is learning and vice versa.
What is the one book you think everyone should read?
"Pedagogy of the Oppressed" By Paulo Freire
Tell us something that your students might find interesting, something they may not know about you.
I'm an introvert.