Eric UnrauCHILD DEVELOPMENT FACULTY IN THE CHILD, YOUTH, AND FAMILY STUDIES DEPARTMENT,
CURRICULUM TEACHER AT THE MALONE CENTER.
I was born in Freeman South Dakota where I was a “preacher’s kid.” We moved to Lincoln when I was five years! I went to Southeast Community College where I received an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education and graduated with Distinction. I worked at the SCC ECE Center for 20 years before moving to the Ruth Staples Child Development Lab School in 2011 where I taught in the Goldenrod Classroom serving children and families, training preservice students and working in a state of the art indoor and outdoor classrooms.I have two children, Nicholas and Taytum and I have an older brother Kent who lives in Italy with his wife Waltraud. I love doing anything in the great outdoors; traveling, mountain biking, camping, climbing, backpacking, skiing,(you get the idea) with my family and listening to music both recorded and live.
I have been a teacher of early childhood education for 27 years. I value the role of the child in the learning process and prioritize building relationships with the children and families in any classroom! My favorite experiences in the teaching role are exploring outside with children and seeing the world through their lens of awe and wonder about the world around them. In 2015 I was awarded the Terri Lynne Lokof/Children’s Tylenol National Child Care Teacher Award.
I currently am teaching at The Malone in partnership with the CYAF Department where the early childhood classroom is operated on the belief that children learn through play. The Early Achievers Academy utilizes a curriculum that includes individualization and emphasizes the use of positive guidance. Classroom experiences support the development of problem-solving, critical thinking, and logical reasoning skills. My goal is to assist children in learning competent and appropriate social emotional behaviors as part of our classroom community. Children’s development and learning is guided by ongoing developmental assessment data.