Senior Lecturer - Early Childhood Education

Lauren MacKillop is a lecturer and program coordinator of Early Childhood Education program at UVM where she has been teaching since 2007.

Lauren's work with early childhood education students and educators in the community is intentionally focused on a strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. She is highly dedicated to the development of inclusive early learning environments that are culturally responsive, developmentally appropriate, and designed to both disrupt bias and alleviate its effects on every child and family.

The field of early childhood is in dire need of skilled practitioners and a pipeline into the profession. Lauren skillfully collaborates with community partners in developing a mutually beneficial service. In addition to providing much-needed support, students often seek employment with their community partners following their experience, and many commit to a teaching licensure pathway.

Recently honored as the recipient of the 2022 Outstanding New Service-Learning Faculty Award given by UVM's Office of Community-Engaged Learning, Lauren was recognized for her ongoing commitment to community-engaged teaching and learning while strengthening the quality of early childhood education in our community.


Tolentino, E.P. and Lawson, L (2015).  “Well, we’re going to kindergarten, so we’re gonna need business cards!”:  A story of preschool emergent readers and writers and the transformation of identity.  Journal of Early Childhood Literacy.

Lawson, L. (2005). Art, writing and young children. Early Childhood Today, 19(5), 44-45.

Manheimer, L. (2000). Harry: A 10-year-old’s last summer; Summer and the school-age child in the hospital; Child life in a non-hospital setting: A play group for substance abusers and their drug-exposed infants and toddlers in Protecting the Emotional Development of the Ill Child by E. Oremland. Madison: Psychosocial Press.

Awards and Recognition

  • Outstanding New Service Learning Faculty Award, Office of Community-Engaged Learning (CELO), University of Vermont (2022)
  • Jackie M. Gribbons Award for Extraordinary Service, College of Education and Social Services, University of Vermont (2015)

Associations and Affiliations

  • National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Division of Early Childhood
  • Council for Exceptional Children
Lauren MacKillop

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Special Education
  • Community-Engaged Learning (Service-Learning)


  • C.A.S in Early Childhood Special Education from University of Vermont
  • M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education from Mills College


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