Instructor of Human Development
Office: Pilgrim LL105
B.A., Simmons College
Ed.M., Harvard University
Martha Eshoo brings over 30 years experience as a practitioner with young children, their families and caregivers to her work as an instructor in the Arts and Sciences Division. Her clinical work includes administering programs for children birth to six years old, coordinating a federally funded grant to train child care providers in the inclusion of infants and toddlers with disabilities in their programs, and educating child care providers and public school teachers on the topic of inclusion of children with disabilities. In the past, Eshoo expanded her practice to include consulting with new parents to build their skills to nurture their newborns and toddlers.
Currently, Eshoo holds the director position at Bowdoin College Children's Center in Brunswick, Maine when she is not at Wheelock. Her work includes managing this center serving forty-five children who are in the birth to five year old age range. A unique aspect of this program is the nature- and play-based curriculum as well as a care model influenced by Emi Pikler and Magda Gerber. This Center's work is recognized in international conversations on child care as well as regional conferences. Additionally, she consults to childcare programs in the Boston area on classroom practices and pedagogy.
Eshoo's work at Wheelock College began in the late 1980s working with off-campus courses for childcare providers in the Centers for Early Care and Education and the Birth to Three Program. In the School of Arts and Sciences her work includes teaching Human Growth and Development, Cross Cultural Perspectives on Child Care, the Meaning of Development of Play, Child Development: The Early Years; and Infant, Toddlers, and the Media courses.
For the past 10 years, Eshoo has coordinated and developed the academic seminars for the Jumpstart program. These seminars are now part of a pilot project using the Mind in the Making Curriculum through The Work and Family Institute in New York. This work integrates the service corps members provide to their partner children and their sites with the learning and reflection necessary for their academic growth. Both the Jumpstart and the Work and Family Institute have been interested in Wheelock students' academic experiences with these materials in order to build stronger curriculum for higher education students working in service learning.
Eshoo received the Cynthia Longfellow Teaching Award in 2015, which acknowledges and honors excellence in teaching at Wheelock.