LEND Faculty Highlight: Marnie Morneault
Marnie Morneault (LEND 2013) joined the faculty in 2019 bringing her expertise in inclusive education and care for children. As the parent of a child with a disability, Marnie is passionate about creating relationships and interagency collaborations to strengthen systems and to address unmet needs for families and children with disabilities. She earned her master’s degree at the University of Maine and has spent her personal and professional life as an advocate, including a decade serving and chairing the governing board of the local early childhood special education agency.
In addition to her LEND faculty position, Marnie is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Special Education at the University of Maine and a research associate at the Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies.
As a partner in Maine Roads to Quality Professional Development Network, Marnie serves as the Statewide Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Early Childhood and Youth Coordinator where she builds and sustains community collaborations to support New Mainer’s seeking to open childcare businesses. Her expertise in DEI creates a culture where community partners build mutual respect as well as learn and grow through authentic relationships.
Previously, Marnie co-led the AUCD-funded Focused Assistance to Support Training (FAST) project which developed culturally competent training modules for Somali parents of children on the autism spectrum.