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Donohue, Tracy

Assistant Professor



I am delighted and honored to be a faculty member in the HDFS department! My professional work is centered around young children's playful learning, school-family partnerships, and content area learning in early childhood classrooms.

I have taught in primary grade classrooms, worked as an instructional coach in K-12 classrooms, and worked to prepare preservice teachers in teacher education. I received my doctoral degree in Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education from Michigan State University in 2021. Previously I earned a Masters in Reading Education degree from North Carolina State University and a Bachelor's of Elementary Education from Appalachian State University.

More about Tracy Donohue

Donohue, T. H., & Aladé, F. (2022). Exploring Caregiver Perceptions of a One-to-One Tablet Program for Kindergartners. Early Childhood Education Journal, 50(8), 1279-1289.

Edwards, P. A., Spiro, R. J., Domke, L. M., Castle, A. M., White, K. L., Peltier, M. R., & Donohue, T. H. (2019). Partnering with families for student success: 24 scenarios for problem solving with parents. Teachers College Press.

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Appalachian State University, 2002; Masters of Reading Education, 2008; Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education, Michigan State University, 2021

Early literacy; early math; learning through play; school-family partnerships
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC); Literacy Research Association (LRA)

Courses Taught

HDF 360--learning content areas through play;

HDF 400--assessment in early childhood;

HDF 403--best practices in early childhood

You'll never do a whole lot unless you're brave enough to try.