Dr. Justice’s research primarily focuses on young children who exhibit developmental vulnerabilities in language and literacy acquisition. Much of her research considers the effects of teacher or parent implemented interventions on children’s learning, including the effective use of storybooks. She is also interested in the state of classroom quality in early childhood and how various aspects of quality affect children’s gains within the classroom. She has received the Annie Glenn Leadership Award in Speech-Language Pathology, the Editor’s Award (from American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology), the Early Career Publication Award (from Division of Research, Council for Exceptional Children), the Erskine Fellowship (from University of Canterbury), and the Fulbright Scholar Award. Dr. Justice has served as the co-director of Risk and Prevention in Education Sciences Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training Program, and as an associate professor at the University of Virginia, Curry School of Education. Dr. Justice has also received the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering (from President G. W. Bush).
Anneliese began her career in early childhood education as a preschool teacher at the A. Sophie Rogers School for Early Learning at its former location in Campbell Hall on OSU’s campus. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Miami University and completed her master’s degree in early childhood education and development from OSU’s College of Education and Human Ecology. She was an instrumental part of the team that transitioned the School for Early Learning to its current location in Weinland Park, helping to design and staff the building in 2007 as the preschool program coordinator. She has been the principal of the School for Early Learning since 2010. Anneliese taught early childhood education courses for several years at OSU and has presented locally and nationally on topics such as play, guidance and discipline with young children, and emergent literacy in the classroom.
Samantha earned a Bachelor of Science degree in human development and family science and a Master of Science degree in early childhood development and education; both degrees were earned through the college of Education and Human Ecology at OSU. During her undergraduate studies, Samantha worked in preschool and infant/toddler classrooms as a practicum student teacher, student teacher, and as a substitute teacher. During the pursuit of her master’s degree, Samantha was awarded a position as a graduate teaching associate in the preschool classroom at the School for Early Learning. After completing her graduate work, Samantha worked as an assistant teacher and lead teacher in preschool classrooms before beginning work as the assistant director of the School for Early Learning. Samantha has presented at local and national conferences on topics related to early childhood development and is licensed as an early intervention specialist through the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.