Department of Early Childhood Special Education

Jackson, Allison
Assistant Professor Special Education
Phone: 207.778.7174
2015 PhD Special Education, University of Delaware; 2010 MAT Special Education, Augusta State University; 2002 BA Psychology, August State University
Areas of Expertise
Early Childhood Education:
Early Childhood Special Ed: Assessment Practices, Executive function and early literacy, Inclusive Early Childhood Education

Dr. Allison F. Jackson is an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Special Education. She holds a Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Delaware. Prior to completing her doctoral program, she spent six years as a special educator for prekindergarten and kindergarten in Georgia. Her research interests include inclusive early childhood, collaboration, executive function and early literacy development, assessment, and teacher education. She is a member of CEC/DEC, NAEYC, and AERA. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and being outdoors in the four seasons of Maine.

Spence, Christine
Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Special Education
Phone: 207.778.7507
2002 MM Music Therapy, The Florida State University; 1999 BS Psychology, University of Florida; 1999 BM Music: Concentration in Arts in Medicine, University of Florida; 2018 PhD Special Education, University of Illinois
Areas of Expertise
Early Childhood Special Ed: Early Intervention / Part C, Infant and Child Development, Supporting Children with Disabilities in Natural Settings, Teacher Preparation

Christine is an assistant professor of Early Childhood Special Education. She has worked primarily in the early intervention field as an early childhood special educator, music therapist, and professional development provider. Due to these experiences, Christine’s professional interests and research focus on high quality experiences for families and children participating in early childhood services and systems. She is interested in examining pre-service preparation, professional development, and family/child well-being. Christine's dissertation utilized surveys and interviews to examine families’ outcomes as a result of participating in early intervention. Previous research includes examining the impact of multi-component professional development, needs assessments for early interventionists, and technology in pre-service coursework.