Areas of Expertise
Early Childhood, Early Childhood Special Education, Social Competency, Positive Behavioral Support, Community Based Learning
Ph.D. Special Education: Early Childhood
University of Florida
M.Ed.Special Education: Early Childhood
University of Florida
B.A. Early Childhood Education
Dr. Fullerton holds degrees from Trinity College and the University of Florida. She has worked in the field of early childhood and early childhood special education for 29 years. Dr. Fullerton has been a classroom teacher, an early intervention program manager, a teacher trainer as well as an Early Head Start/Head Start director of education. She has lived and worked in Germany, Brazil, Argentina, Panama, Costa Rica and Peru. These experiences have been invaluable in guiding her work.
Dr. Fullerton areas of interest include positive behavioral support, social competency in young children, young children with challenging behavior and community-based teacher training. Her research focuses on antecedent intervention in the area of positive guidance and building teacher capacity to work with young children challenging behavior.
Grants and Contracts Awarded
Fullerton, E., & Guardino, C. (Co-Principal Investigators) Leadership and Learning Grant National Education Association [Awarded September 2010: $5,000]
Fullerton, E., & Lester, C. (Co-Principal Investigators). The Chartrand Foundation Seed Grant [Awarded October, 2011: $10,000]
Publications & Presentations
Fullerton, E., David, G., & Winckler-Zuniga, N., (accepted). Social Scenes: Strategies that empower teachers to foster friendship skills in young children. Child Care Exchange.
Guardino, C., & Fullerton, E., (Winter 2012). The classroom infrastructure and the early learner: Reducing aggression during transition times. Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professional.
Fullerton, E., & Guardino, C., (2012). Tired of repeating yourself? Design your classroom to speak for you. Children our Care: The Journal of the Florida Association for the Education of Young Children.
Guardino, C., & Fullerton, E., (2010). Changing behaviors by changing the environment: A case study of an inclusion classroom. Teaching Exceptional Children, (42)6.
Fullerton, E., & Guardino, C., (2010). Teacher perceptions of a modified inclusion classroom environment. Electronic Journal for Inclusive Education, (2) 4.
Fullerton, E., Conroy, M., Correa, V., (2009). Early childhood teachers’ use of specific praise statements with young children at risk for behavioral disorders. Behavior Disorders, (34)3.
Lastrapes, W. & Fullerton, E. (October, 2012). Teacher preparation in urban settings. Florida Association of Teacher Educators (FATE), Jacksonville, Florida.
Fullerton, E., & Lastrapes, W. (April 2012). Teacher preparation in urban settings. 5th Annual Summit: Great Teachers for Our City Schools. Denver, Colorado.
Fullerton, E., David, G., Hall, K., & Bell, P. (November 2011). Intentional Partnerships: Preparing the Early Child Teacher to be a Community Leader. National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Orlando, Florida.
Falbo, M., Fullerton, E., Burk, H., & Ladendorff, M. (October 2011). Weaving community and civic engagement through departments. Presented at the Network for Academic Renewal Conference, Long Beach, California.
Fullerton, E., Hall, K., David, G., & Bell, P. (May 2011). Intentional Partnerships: Preparing the Early Child Teacher to be a Community Leader. Presented at the International Institute for Partnerships, Portland, Oregon.
Fullerton, E., & David, G., (November, 2010). Social scenes: Promoting preschool friendship. Presented at the conference of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, Anaheim, California.