Mary Pierick

Mary Pierick

Senior Instructional Specialist, 4K Teacher, Child Development Lab
UW Child Development Lab, 1300 Linden Dr
608-263-4093 ext. 206

Be the change that you wish to see in the world.

– Mahatma Gandhi

My dedication to children and families brought me to the Child Development Lab in 1993, where I teach preschool-aged children, including 4K in a partnership with the Madison schools. Outside of the classroom I am the parent of a child with autism, which has changed who I am inside the classroom as well. My passions lie in providing a relationship-rich environment, where children and families feel supported and thrive, and a learning environment that helps each child be successful as they are and with what they need for that success–learning how they learn, how they take in information, how they express themselves and interact with others and how they explore and work through their emotions.

Child Development Lab

See Mary's classroom, the Fox Room, where children 3-5 years old are cared for.
Fox Room

Masters of Science in Education, Special Education, UW-Whitewater
Bachelors of Science in Education, PreK-6, UW-Whitewater

Teaching experience:
Senior Instructional Specialist, 4K and Preschool, UW Child Development Lab, beginning in August 1993
Lead teacher, Woods Hollow Children’s Center
Instructor, non-credit early childhood courses, Madison College

Graduate certificates:
Autism Specialist, UW-Whitewater
ABA Specialist, UW-Whitewater
Transition Specialist, UW-Whitewater
Infant, Early Childhood and Family Mental Health, UW-Madison
Maternal Child Health Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, Family Advocate, UW-Madison Waisman Center

Teaching Awards:
National Child Care Teacher Award, Terri Lynne Lokoff Children’s Fund Teaching Award, Office of Child Care and Family Resources

Professional Presentations:
Workshops taught at MATC, MMSD 4k Conference, MMSD professional development institute, Autism Society of South Central Wisconsin, WECA State Conference, Campus Child Care professional development day, local child care programs. Topics related to: autism, children and families with special needs, working with families, challenging behaviors, environments, and curriculum

Parents of children with disabilities-advocacy, support and leadership:
Parents in Partnership facilitator, CSESA
Community Conversation facilitator, UW-Madison Waisman Center
Parents as Leaders facilitator, UW-Madison Waisman Center
Special Needs Support Group, UW Madison OCCFR

Married to my husband Karl and have 2 adult children, Brady and Emma. Emma is our child on the autism spectrum. I enjoy time with my family, reading, hiking, and decorating.