Dr. Hnasko is an assistant professor in the school of education’s undergraduate department. She earned her Ed.D. in early childhood education from Rutgers University. She holds her M.A. in elementary education from LaSalle University and her B.S. in early childhood and elementary education from Bloomsburg University. She has over 20 years in the field in numerous positions including preschool teacher, kindergarten teacher, master teacher/coach for preschool classrooms, as well as a trainer and administrator in a nonprofit early childhood curriculum company. She has presented at numerous local, state, and national conferences along with supplying countless professional development experiences for in-service teachers. Her interests and research have been on teacher preparation and coaching in early childhood environments.

  • Hnasko, A. & Cooper, C. (2019, November 20), Talking the talk and walking the walk:  our journey to becoming a community partner in teacher preparation, NAECTE annual conference, Nashville, TN.
  • Hnasko, A. & Rabbitt, R. (2019, April 11 & 12) ECE:  Advocating to advance the field through the power of relationships, PA Head Start annual conference, State College, PA.
  • Hnasko, A. & Leong, D. (2016, November 4), Dramatization is to comprehension as manipulatives are to math:  Using play in pre-k and kindergarten to enhance children’s vocabulary, develop imagination and text comprehension from the Vygotskian perspective, NAEYC Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Hnasko, A. & Leong, D. (2015, June 6), Maximizing the efficacy of early childhood coaching:  Lessons learned from the research and Tools of the Mind field implementation, NAEYC Professional Development Institute, Baltimore, MD.
  • Hnasko, A. (March 2014), What are Executive Function/Self Regulation skills and why are they important?”  Presented to Bordentown special education parents association
  • Hnasko, A. 2013 – 2014 (multiple presentations to parent groups), Ways to connect School and Home – Tools of the Mind, East Orange Parent Advisory Council, East Orange, NJ
  • Hnasko, A. & Hornbeck, A. (2013, November 4), The Role of Play in the Development of Executive Function Skills- A Vygotskian Approach, Annual Association for Independent Maryland Schools, Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD