Marna Winter

Lecturer in Education and Director of Education Outreach
Mooney 110B
2105 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244 (336) 278-5881

Brief Biography


My years of teaching have shaped my beliefs that a successful teacher is equipped to meet children where they are, build meaningful relationships with them within their culture, and provide developmentally appropriate learning opportunities for all children.

My position at Elon allows me to work with teacher candidates and maintain a presence in the community - to experience the best of both worlds. I am able to share the best educational practices with motivated teacher candidates and to do so on the basis of my previous and current classroom experiences.

Elon offers me the opportunity to implement my philosophy within the community by serving on committees such as the Ready Schools Task Force, Great Bend Charter School Proposal, and the Elon Early Childhood Design Team. I am able to use my passion for enhancing the education of the Alamance-Burlington School System for all children.




  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina - M.Ed, Early Childhood Intervention and Family Support focusing on inclusion with an infant and toddlers specialization, 2004.
  • Elon College, Elon, North Carolina - BA, Elementary Education, 1998.

Courses Taught


EDU 481 & 483 Student Teaching and Capstone Seminar II

EDU 311 Principles of Learning and Teaching Language Arts and Social Studies,

EDU 411 Principles of Learning and Teaching Language Arts and Social Studies,

EDU 323 Literacy Development I: Principles and Practices,

EDU 324 Literacy II: Interventions for Struggling Readers,

EDU 345 Classroom Management for Elementary School,

EDU 346 Classroom Management for Elementary School,

EDU 350 Classroom Management for Secondary Grades,

EDU 301 Exploration Semaniars

EDU 302 Exploration Semaniars

COE 375 Transitions Strategies: Surviving the First Year of Teaching.




My research interests include: Early Childhood Teacher Practices and Beliefs, Developmentally Appropriate Practices in Early Childhood Education, Global Education, and Professional Learning Communities within the local school system.

Current Projects



Winter, M.K., A novice teacher’s experience in Gambia – Can a professional learning community, with limited resources, be successful in a third world country?

Barnatt, J., & Winter, M.K., Investigating cultural dimensions of the global educator: Pre-service and in-service preparation for 21st Century teachers.



Barnatt, J.,M., Winter, M., K., Norman, B., Baker, & D. Wieczorek, (2014).  Using cultural artifacts to                 understand self and other:  A global exchange in elementary classrooms. Ohio Social Studies Review, 51(1). 

Winter, M.K., & Hollingsworth, H., (in press). Promoting pretend play in the

      preschool years: Teacher practices and strategies for involving families. Childhood


Hollingsworth, H. L., & Winter, M.K., (2013). Teacher beliefs and practices relating to

      development in preschool: Importance placed on social-emotional behaviours and

      skills. Early Child Development and Care. 183(12):1758-1781).   




Winter, M.K., Nash, K., & Rudd, P, Restoration and Research in Real time: Bringing an

1870’s one-room schoolhouse back to life. Presented at the Librarians

Association at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, March 10th, 2014.


Hollingsworth, H., & Winter, M. (2013, September 13). Pretend play: How teachers

      support it and how they involve families. Conference session presented at the North

      Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children (NCaeyc) 60th

      Anniversary Conference, Raleigh, NC, September 12-14.


Barnatt, J., Winter, M. K., Using Paired Fiction and Nonfiction Texts in the Elementary

      Classroom to Explore World Cultures. Presented at the North Carolina Council for

      Social Studies in February 2013.


Barnatt, J., & Winter, M.K., Understanding the Global Educator. Presented at

      American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, Ca.

      April 2013.


Winter, M.K., Project based learning in the pre-school years. Presented at Triad

      Teaching Fellows Education Conference in Greensboro, NC. March 2013.


Winter, M.K, & Long, B. Inquiring minds wants to know… Inquiry Based Projects in the

      preschools year. Presented at NCaeyc 2011 Annual Study Conference.