Melissa Viernow | Curriculum and Instruction - CDL | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Education and Human Services

Melissa Viernow

Master Teacher


Phone: (618) 453-4228
Office: Quigley 116F
875 S. Normal Ave. Mail Code 4633
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL 62901


Melissa Viernow is a Program Coordinator for the Southern Region Early Childhood Programs.  She is also the Director of the Child Development Laboratories on the SIUC campus.  Melissa has held this position since August 2015.  During her time as CDL Director, Melissa earned the Early Childhood English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement.  Melissa’s experiences and education have provided her with a wealth of knowledge and the skills to lead effectively and professionally and provide a warm, caring and educational environment for the children and families at CDL.

Education and Work Experience:

Master Infant/Toddler Teacher November 2002 – August 2015, CDL

Master’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction 1999, SIUC

Graduate Assistant in the toddler room from 1997-1999, CDL

Lead Prekindergarten Teacher, Southern Region Early Childhood Programs 1999-2002

Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education in 1996, SIUC.


Early Childhood Licensure

Early Childhood Special Ed Endorsement

ESL Early Childhood Endorsement

Illinois Director Credential Level 2

ECE Credential Level 5

Infant/Toddler Credential Level 5

Instructional Interests:

Early Childhood Education

Reggio Inspired Environments and Curriculum

English Language (EL) support in the Early Childhood Classroom

Pre-Service Teacher Education for Early Childhood Majors