Janis Strasser, professor of elementary and early childhood education, has been on the William Paterson faculty since 1998, and has more than twenty-five years of experience as a preschool and kindergarten teacher. She teaches at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. She is also the program coordinator for the University’s master’s degree in education, responsible for the early childhood concentration.
Her leadership skills, professionalism, and mentoring led to a singular honor in 2010, when she was named the 2010 Outstanding Early Childhood Teacher Educator of the Year Award by the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE) and Pearson Merrill Publishers. This prestigious national award from NAECTE, presented annually to only one teacher educator in the country, is “designed to recognize meritorious leadership and professionalism in early childhood teacher education.”
Strasser earned a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz, a master’s degree from Bank Street College, and a master’s and an Ed.D. from Teacher’s College, Columbia University.