Lucinda G. Heimer, PhD, associate professor and program coordinator of the Early Childhood/Special Education dual licensure program at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater, has taught future educators for over 15 years. Dr. Heimer has published on topics including interdisciplinary curriculum, collaboration, and race in peer-reviewed journals, as well as authored chapters in multiple edited texts. She has presented her research using critical theory and duoethnography to illuminate practicing and future teacher perspectives regarding identity, race, and social justice in early education, specifically working with Indigenous communities. Creating pathways for future teachers to earn credentials to teach in their home communities is at the heart of this work.
Having received recognition for her teaching at the college level, she is most grateful to the students at both undergraduate and graduate levels. She has supervised students in urban, rural, and suburban school districts in birth through 3rd-grade settings. Her experience includes teaching preschool and elementary school children and directing university lab and parent cooperative preschools. Her appreciation for the complexity of collaboration and issues of equity run deep.