Imagination on the Move is a website, 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 her doctoral level work in early childhood, Dr. Stephanie Goloway hopes to fill a gap in early childhood professional development with Imagination on the Move. As a teacher in public school, child care and special education settings, Stephanie enjoyed decades of great professional development. 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, she realized that she wanted to do something to help other teachers understand how this debilitating and stigmatized disease affects children and families, and to offer strength-based strategies to support them. She is committed to developing and sharing research-based practices that will support resilience in all children, in the context of joyful play and developmentally appropriate curriculum that embraces fairytales and children’s own wonderful stories.
A lifelong educator and advocate for child-centered and constructivist practices in early education, Stephanie teaches early education and child development at the Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, PA. She holds an EdD in Early Childhood from Walden University; her dissertation was titled Happily Ever Resilient: A Content Analysis for Themes of Resilience in Fairytales. She also has a Masters in Education from Edinboro University and a B.A in Psychology from Allegheny College. She has taught at the preschool, kindergarten, first and sixth grade levels, and run the education program for adjudicated adolescents in residential treatment. She has also worked as a children’s librarian and a storyteller. Throughout all of these experiences, Stephanie has explored the power of the imagination, Story, and play to help connect people with learning, and each other
She lives with her dog Rocky in western Pennsylvania. When she is not teaching, she stays at a magical cottage on the shores of Lake Erie where she writes, swims, and thinks about the stories that lake-polished shards of beach glass can tell.
This site 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.
Stephanie Goloway, EdD