Category Archives: Early Childhood

Michael Washco

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Early Childhood Psychology
Office Phone: 518-255-5729

About Michael: Michael Washco, Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology, earned his B.S. in Sociology and M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling from the State University of New York, University at Albany. He has over 10 years of experience teaching a variety of courses in psychology, sociology, counseling psychology, and addiction at the post-secondary level. Professor Washco is currently working on his PhD in General Psychology, Cognition and Instruction, from Grand Canyon University. His areas of interest are program development, assessment, and counseling education.

In addition to his educational pursuits, Professor Washco has over 15 years of clinical experience as a New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor and New York State Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor. Professor Washco has worked in a variety of clinical settings addressing addiction, mental health, and crisis counseling. His educational philosophy is to implement his clinical experiences into student curricula to best-demonstrate application and use of course material.

Outside of the classroom Professor Washco enjoys running, college basketball, and spending time with his wife and two children.

Suzanne Marie Fine


Title: Associate Professor
Department: Early Childhood Psychology
Office Location: Holmes 232C
Office Phone: 518-255-5245
Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday 2-4pm; Thursday 10-11am and by appointment

Areas of Expertise: Diversity and social justice issues in early childhood education; child development; early childhood curriculum; the arts in education and the supervision of practicum students

Courses Taught:
ECHD 121 Expressive Arts
ECHD 130 Introduction to Early Childhood Programs
ECHD 150 Curriculum and Methods
ECHD 170 Child Growth and Development
ECHD 233 Practicum: Early Childhood Programs (Effie Bennett-Powe Child Development Center)
ECHD 234 Practicum: Elementary Schools and Community Agencies
ECHD 251 Anti-Bias Strategies
ECHD 252 Conflict Resolution
ECHD 351 Families as Partners

About Suzanne: She has been teaching at SUNY Cobleskill since 1999 and for six years was a Master Teacher in the Effie Bennett-Powe Child Development Center, a multi-age program for three-five year olds. She obtained a grant to purchase hydroponic equipment for the preschool classroom and collaborated with Professor George Crosby in the Plant Science Department on its integration into the curriculum.

She co-presented “A Tale of Two Supervisors: Using NAEYC Standards for Associate Degree Students to Evaluate Practicum Students” with a colleague, Lizabeth Whitbeck, at a national conference and has presented several times at the New York State Association for the Education of Young Children’s Annual Conference.

Ms. Fine travelled to Anguilla, BWI with a colleague to teach Curriculum and Methods to preschool and kindergarden teachers on the 32 square mile island.

She taught elementary school in rural Virginia and preschool in the Boston, Massachusetts area before earning her Master’s degree in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she was also a doctoral candidate in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Early Childhood Education.

Associate Professor Fine is a licensed Kindermusik educator and Zumba instructor. During the summer she can be found rowing on the Mohawk River.

Early Childhood

Golden, Jennifer A.– Master Teacher at Effie Bennett-Powe Child Development Center

Maillard, Maureen A. – Early Childhood Education, Child Care, Elementary Education, Children

Weiss, Elise Nash – Best practices in Early Education; Classroom Management; Teaching Pedagogy; Observation; Reflective Practices

Wentworth, Gail E. – Early Childhood Curriculum & Assessment, Child Study/Observation, Early Literacy, Infant and Toddler Development, Family Engagement in EC Programs


Gail E. Wentworth

Department: Early Childhood & Psychology
Office Location: United States
Office Phone: 5474

Areas of Expertise: Early Childhood Curriculum & Assessment, Child Study/Observation, Early Literacy, Infant and Toddler Development, Family Engagement in EC Programs

Courses Taught:

  • ECHD 460/461 Early Childhood Internship
  • ECHD 452 Assessment & Evaluation in EC
  • ECHD 357 Literacy Development & Young Children
  • ECHD 351 Families as Partners in Early Childhood Programs
  • ECHD 175 Infant & Toddlers: Development and Programming

About Gail:

Dr. Gail Wentworth, Professor of Early Childhood, has been a faculty member at SUNY Cobleskill since 2003. She has worked in the Early Childhood field for almost 30 years as a college professor, department chair, preschool teacher and program director. She holds a Community Level Certificate from the Brazelton Touchpoints Center in Boston, MA. She developed Touchpoints-inspired college curriculum for Infant/Toddler and Families as Partners courses. Dr. Wentworth has a special interest in the humane treatment of animals and has developed early childhood curriculum about proper pet care and presented research results at local, state, national, and international professional venues. In January 2016 she lived and studied in a small rural village in Costa Rica where she earned a globally recognized Teacher of English as a Second Language (TESOL) certificate via the School for International Training (SIT) in Brattleboro, Vermont. Currently she is the Master teacher in the campus child development center and is embedding French language instruction into the preschool curriculum.

Dr. Wentworth has lived and worked abroad in Naples, Italy as a teacher at a Montessori School located on the NATO base; and in Switzerland where she was the Early Childhood Coordinator and preschool teacher for the International School of Geneva. She has also spent time in China, Morocco, Russia, Central America, and Mexico where she co-taught a COIL course with a professor at the University of Guadalajara, fall 2015. Her next international project is in the proposal stage and involves developing a self-sustaining model village in Haiti with a SUNY Cobleskill inter-disciplinary team. Stay tuned for more about the proposed Haiti project.

Elise Nash Weiss

eliseTitle: Lecturer
Department: Early Childhood and Psychology
Office Location: Holmes Hall
Office Phone: 518-255-5459

Additional Title: Practicum Supervisor; Early Childhood Club Advisor

Areas of Expertise: Best practices in Early Education; Classroom Management; Teaching Pedagogy; Observation; Reflective Practices

Courses Taught:

  • Positive Child Guidance
  • Math and Science for Young Children
  • Children with Special Needs
  • Practicum/ Field Experience
  • Foundations for College Success
  • Curriculum and Methods
  • Foundations of Modern Education

About Elise:

Elise N. Weiss has been a lecturer at SUNY Cobleskill since 2005. She has co-presented at the New York State National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference on “Best Practices for the Developing Teacher.” Elise has contributed to the New York State Early Learning Guidelines and has worked to incorporate SMART Board technology and STEM learning into the early childhood curriculum.

Elise is also the Early Childhood Association Faculty Advisor. She promotes leadership and community engagement with participants and provides opportunities each semester for college students to be immersed in the field of early education. From community service learning projects, hosting book fairs (promoting literacy), and countless volunteer opportunities to recognizing National Week of the Young Child each spring semester, Elise collaborates with the greater Cobleskill community and launches several events with the assistance of college students.

Elise was also an elementary school teacher for ten years before her teaching and learning came full circle at the college level. She takes pride in her ability to prepare college students for the profession. Elise has a M.S. in Reading and a B.S. in Elementary Education and is originally from Brooklyn, New York.