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Dr. Margaret Shaeffer

shaeffmb@jmu.edu
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Associate Dean

Dr. Margaret (Peggy) Shaeffer taught for 10 years in Head Start and kindergarten in schools in the upper Midwest. For over 20 years, Dr. Shaeffer has been involved in higher education, specializing in early childhood education. After completing her PhD in Teacher Education/Early Childhood from the University of North Dakota, Peggy moved to Wyoming and for the next ten years was an assistant and associate professor of early childhood/early childhood special education at the University of Wyoming. In 1996, she returned to the University of North Dakota and for the next ten years served as associate professor in early childhood special education, served as department chair for special education and most recently was the Director of Teacher Education at the University of North Dakota. Her professional interests are in program development in teacher education, promoting the development of partnerships in education and supporting the active engagement of families in the education of their children. She has presented numerous papers at international, national and regional conferences and been actively involved in special grant projects such as the preparation of Native American teachers and Parent Education programs.