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Mary Beth Lawton

Division Co-Chair, Education

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Dr. Lawton came to early childhood education/child psychology through her commitment to equity and social justice. She believes that a safe, accepting learning environment enables risk-taking, growth and learning. Dr. Lawton views students as co-constructors of knowledge and draws on their wisdom and prior learning experiences in order to “lead out,” from the Latin definition for education “educare”. She think it is important for prospective teachers and those in the helping professions to reflect on their own familial, cultural, and educational experience in order to become mindful, reflective educators, and healers.

She has a B.S. from Colby College, M.S. from Wheelock College, CAGS from University of Vermont, and Ed.D. from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. 


  • Lawton, M.B.; Mindess, M; Fiore, L.; Mardell, B. and Szamreta, J. (2011). Early Childhood Education at Lesley: 100 Years. In Brown, C.F. and Forinash, M.(Eds), A Century of Innovation: Lesley University. Baltimore, MD: Publish America