My Story

I believe our life wanderings help to prepare us for our vocation. After college I wandered on my way to graduate school. I taught in elementary and high school settings with children who had special education needs. While working on my master’s degree in School Psychology, I found my niche working with very young children and their families. While working in Early Intervention, I worked closely with young children who had significant behavioral challenges. This led me to further my education at the University of Oregon. There I studied the concurrent validity of the Ages & Stages Questionnaires®: Social-Emotional (ASQ:SE). The ASQ:SE is used nationally and internationally to help guide understanding of young children’s social and emotional development. Now I teach Early Childhood Education courses and supervise a work crew at Verner Center for Early Learning. I love being at Warren Wilson, but — honestly — if I had known I could have gone to school to learn how to run a children’s museum, I would not be here right now!

Maura Davis
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  • B.A. in Psychology, University of Denver
  • M.S. in School Psychology, University of Rhode Island
  • Ph.D. in Early Intervention-Early Childhood Special Education, University of Oregon

Research Interests

  • Social-Emotional Development of Young Children
  • Mental Health of Early Care Providers

Courses Taught

  • EDU 2090: Emergent Literacy -Community Engaged Learning
  • EDU 2350: Exploring Education
  • EDU 3030: Learning with Young Children-Community Engaged Learning"

Crews and Other Activities

  • Work Crew Supervisor for an amazing group of WWC students at Verner Center for Early Learning
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Board of Directors for The Learning Community School

Contact Dr. Schoen Davis

(828) 771-3009
Mitchell A
WWC CPO 6372

PO Box 9000

Asheville, NC 28815-9000