Imagination on the Move is a blog and resource page for teachers of young children affected by familial substance abuse. Although one in four children live with substance abuse, few resources are available for those who work directly with the youngest, and most vulnerable, of these children.
Begun as a class assignment for doctoral level work in early childhood education at Walden University, Imagination on the Move seeks to fill a gap in teacher training. “As a teacher, I have enjoyed decades of great training,” says blog author Stephanie Goloway. “Yet not one minute of this training focused on how to support children living with alcoholism and addiction. After hearing a moving presentation at Caron Treatment Center, I realized that I wanted to do something to help other teachers understand how this horrid disease affects children and families. I also hope to develop research-based practices that will support resilience in these young children, in the context of joyful play and their own wonderful stories.”
A lifelong educator and advocate for child-centered and constructivist practices in early education, author Stephanie Goloway teaches early education and child development at the Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, PA. She holds a Masters in Education from Edinboro University and a B.A in Psychology from Allegheny College. Her lengthy resume includes teaching at the preschool, kindergarten, first and sixth grade levels, as well as running the education program for adjudicated adolescents. She has also worked as a children’s librarian, a storyteller, and the author and publisher of a fairy tale newsletter called Imagination On The Move, from which this latest project takes its name.
Stephanie lives with her dog Rocky in western Pennsylvania where she teaches, gardens, writes, and digs for rocks. This page is dedicated to her friend, soulmate and husband, Mike Hospodar, who taught her much about the family disease of alcoholism and addiction before losing his lifelong battle with it in 2012.