Introducing Our Presenters at the MaineAEYC’s Fall Conference

Hungry for Connection: Social Emotional Development Birth through Age Eight

Saturday, October 21st, 2017
Bowdoin College, Brunswick ME
7.0 training hours

MaineAEYC members are eligible for a *special* reduced registration rate!

To register online, please visit  (Note: you will need an active PayPal account to complete the online registration process).

This event is sponsored through a collaboration between Maine Roads to Quality at the University of Southern Maine, the Maine DHHS Office of Child and Family Services, the Family Child Care Association of Maine, the Maine Children’s Alliance, and the Maine Association for the Education of Young Children.

Introducing Our Presenters:

Mary Beth Lawton, Ed. D is the Director of the Education Division and an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education/Child Psychology at Lesley University. Dr. Lawton has presented workshops on “Strengthening Early Attachments” for the Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New York State Associations for the Education of Young Children, The National Association for The Education of Young Children, and the National Head Start Conference.
Karen Richards Toothaker is a veteran Early Childhood Educator. For over thirty years she has provided children quality, creative, engaging programs. Her passion is developing age appropriate curriculum that draws on children’s natural curiosity and interest, integrating Standards through literacy & play centers that focus on the whole development of each child. . She is the author of The Rag Doll Gift, a children’s picture book about family, traditions, love and loss. Karen drives a shiny red PT Cruiser with the license plate PLY2LRN.
Robin Holman has over 25 years experience with young children and is interested in nature-based education, play-based learning, and educating the whole child. She holds a Doctorate degree in early childhood education and is certified as Creative Kids Yoga teacher and Reiki master. For the past 15 years, she has integrated daily doses of self-initiated play, nature, yoga, meditation, and mindfulness into the the kindergarten environment and is excited to share her experiences with other early childhood educators.
Sarah MacLaughlin has worked with children and families in a variety of settings for over 20 years. She currently writes about child development and parenting full time for ZERO TO THREE, a national nonprofit dedicated to informing parents, professionals, and policymakers about ways to improve the well-being of babies and young children. Sarah is a licensed social worker, parent educator, and author of the award-winning book, What Not to Say: Tools for Talking with Young Children (Bay Island Books, 2010). She is also Mom to a young son who gives her plenty of opportunities to take her own advice. Learn more about her at
Martha Eshoo, M.Ed. and Panel of Teachers Director of Bowdoin College Children’s Center and Adjunct Faculty Member at Wheelock College. The teacher panel consists of three lead educators at the Bowdoin College Children’s Center; Katie Wright, Beth Amaral and Crary Chandler. They have worked within the model of primary caregiving and continuity of care for the past 4 years and have focused on deepening attachments with children in group care as well as strengthening partnerships with families.
Michael Sandberg has worked with children and families for more than forty years. He has been a classroom teacher, a teacher educator, an educational and mental health consultant, a parent educator, and a child and family therapist. Michael has a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and three years of training in family systems therapy. He is a registered counselor in the State of Maine. He has been an active member of the Maine Association for Infant Mental Health’s Board of Directors for 9 years.