Nanette (Sheri) Schonleber Faculty Profile
Nanette (Sheri) Schonleber


Phone: 707-664-4051

Office: Stevenson 2010-G

Office Hours: Fall 2017 Semester
Wednesdays, 5:30 - 6:30 PM, Thursdays 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM or by appointment.

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Nanette (Sheri) Schonleber

Assistant Professor, Department of Early Childhood Studies

Courses Teaching/Taught

  • EDEC 201 Foundations of Early Care and Education
  • EDEC 237 Creating Environments for Young Children
  • EDEC 478 Senior Portfolio
  • EDEC 490 Working with Children in the Natural World


Dr. Nanette (Sheri) Schonleber received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Hawai`i at Manoa.  Her Master’s in Education with an early childhood emphasis is from Chaminade University of Honolulu.  Her doctoral dissertation won the award for Outstanding Dissertation by the American Montessori Society in 2006.

Her research interests include the intersection and role of language and culture in the development of complex thinking and development in young children.  She is also interested investigating how exposure to the natural world changes children’s stress levels and academic achievement.  Sheri is a member of the Early Childhood Studies department.

Her hobbies include kayaking, swimming, walking, reading, and visiting with friends and family.  She lived and worked in Hawai`i for many years prior to relocating to California in 2011 and now enjoys taking road trips up and down the west coast.

Philosophy Statement

My philosophy is that education can be transformative and is best viewed through the lens of social justice and caring.  Educators should be knowledgeable, effective, and caring.  They should also be ethical agents of change.  It is not enough to teach content.  How we teach is as important as what we teach.  This notion informs my research, my teaching, and my service, and allows for the work I do to have a coherence that feels exciting and meaningful, whether it is teaching, conducting and sharing research, or serving the university and community. You can read more about my teaching philosophy and Theoretical Framework here.


  • Ph.D. Educational Psychology
  • M.Ed Early Childhood Education
  • BA Liberal Studies

Research Interests

  • Pedagogical strategies that support the development of complex thinking in culturally and linguistically diverse young children;
  • Culturally relevant teaching strategies connecting early literacy, play, and the natural sciences;
  • The role of the natural world and nature in closing the achievement gap for culturally and linguistically diverse young children
  • Find out more about my research interests here.

Academic & Professional Experience

  • Ass't Professor, University of Hawaii at Mānoa;
  • Assoc Professor, Chaminade University of Honolulu (tenured) and Ashford University;
  • Professor and Child Development Center Director, MiraCosta Community College
  • Director, Castle Outreach Program, Chaminade University of Honolulu;
  • Director, Montessori Teacher Education Program, Chaminade University of Honolulu;
  • Co-Director, M. Ed in Early Childhood Education, University of Hawaiˋi at Mānoa;
  • Early Learning Program Director, Element Education;
  • Statewide Early Intervention Coordinator, Hawaii Family Stress Center;
  • Preschool Director, Calvary by the Sea School;
  • Toddler and Preschool Lead Teacher, Calvary by the Sea School

Recent Scholarship and Publications (Selected)

  • Schonleber, N. S. (Summer, 2014).  Hawaiian indigenous education and the Montessori approach: overlapping pedagogies, values and world-view.  The North American Montessori Teacher’s Association Journal, 39(3), 250-273.
  • Yamauchi, L. A., Im, S., Lin, C. J., & Schonleber, N. S. (2012). The influence of professional development on changes in educators’ facilitation of complex thinking in preschool classrooms. Early Childhood Development and Care, 183 (5), 1-18.
  • Yamauchi, L. A. Im, S., & Schonleber, N. S. (2012). Adapting strategies of effective instruction for culturally diverse preschoolers. Journal of Early Childhod Teacher Education, 33(1),  54-72.London:Taylor & Francis. DOI:10.1080/10901027.2011.650783
  • Schonleber, N. S. (2011). Culturally relevant pedagogy: Perspectives from Hawaiian culture-based educators. Journal of American Indian Education, 50(3), 5-25.
  • Schonleber, N.S. (2011). New NAEYC standards look familiar. Public School Montessorian. 23(2)
  • Kelling, I. K.., & Schonleber, N. S (2011). He ‘ike pāpālua o ke ao me ka pōTeaching science in a Hawaiian cultural context. Hūlili, Vol VII, 223-258.
  • Schonleber, N. S. (2008). Ancient ways and lessons learned: vision, methods, and beliefs. Montessori Life, 20(3), 32-39.
  • Schonleber, N. S. (2007).  Culturally congruent education: Voices from the field. Hūlili, Vol IV, 239-264.
  • Schonleber, N.S. (2007). Making Montessori Hawaiian: Serving an involuntary minority, Public School; Montessorian 19(4)
  • Schonleber, N. S. (2006). The Montessori approach in an Indigenous context: Overlapping practices and shared realities. Language Learner, 2(2), 12-16.