Dr. Anne Karabon
- Teacher Education, Assistant Professor
Anne began her professional career as an early childhood and public elementary school teacher and received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in early childhood curriculum and instruction. She is currently Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education and STEM at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Anne teaches courses centered on social justice and early education that promote high quality STEM education. She leads professional development courses for inservice teachers, and instructs graduate courses focused on early childhood education and qualitative research methods.
Anne's research and publications focus on teacher education that supports culturally responsive and socially just practices for young children and families. She is particularly interested in practices that draw on children's multiple resources and knowledge from experiences at home, in the community, and in play to inform STEM content. Anne is a co-PI on a NSF ITEST grant, BODYMODELS, researching how early elementary school teachers can incorporate biomechanics (how the body moves) into inquiry-based science and mathematics curriculum and also studies how visitors learn through play and exploration at the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium’s Bay Family Children Adventure Trails exhibit.
Service experiences at the community, university, college, and department levels have significant impact on Anne's development as a professional. She serves as the faculty advisor for the Early Childhood Education Student Organization of Nebraska Omaha (ECESO). Anne is a member of the TED Graduate Elementary Education Committee and Advisory Council. University-wide, Anne is an executive board member and programming chair of the WiSTEM Pro^2 (Women in STEM) organization as well as a member of the UNO Graduate Council. She proudly serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Omaha Children’s Museum and is the President of the Nebraska Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NeAECTE). Anne is a reviewer for multiple journals and conferences in Early Childhood, Anthropology, Qualitative Methodologies, and Teacher Education.
Awards and Honors
Outstanding Early Childhood Teacher Educator Award, Teaching - 2019
Outstanding Research and Creative Activity Award, Scholarship/Research - 2019
UNO TED Outstanding Mentor, Teaching - 2018
Other, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Milwaukee, WI, Child Growth and Development, 2003
BS, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, Early Childhood Education, 2005
MS, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, Early Childhood Education, Curriculum and Instruction, 2008
Ph D, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, Early Childhood Education, Qualitative Research Methods, 2015
Karabon, Anne. 2016. They're lovin' it: how preschool children mediated their funds of knowledge into dramatic play, Early Childhood Development and Care.
Karabon, Anne, Steiner, Amanda. 2020. Risk taking during play: ecological influences and behavioral outcomes of young children’s appraisal of risks in outdoor spaces, Early Childhood Education Journal.
Karabon, Anne, Gomez Johnson, Kelly. 2020. Conceptualizing culture: How preservice teachers in the rural Midwest confront subjectivities. , Teacher Education Quarterly.
Karabon, Anne, Martinez, Giselle, Smith, Michelle, Wager, Anita . "Tengo toda la receta aca'": Developing mathematical agency in young emergent bilinguals, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Externally Funded Research
BODYMODELS, National Science Foundation, Federal, 01/01/2018 - 12/31/2021