Mary Muhs, M.Ed., has advanced the field of early childhood education for more than three decades as an early childhood educator, trainer, author, advocate, coach, consultant and national conference presenter. Over the course of her distinguished career, she has taught children in nonprofit and profit-sector settings and played a leadership role in the training and education of early childhood professionals. In her current role as department chair for the Rasmussen College School of Education in Minnesota, Muhs is leading the implementation of the school’s online early childhood education associate and bachelor’s degree programs. A frequent presenter at local, state and national conferences, she is sought out for her expertise on topics ranging from developmentally appropriate practices to social-emotional development and family engagement. In her local community, she supports infant and toddler programs as a relationship-based professional development coach for the Center for Inclusive Child Care, which provides training, support and resources for child care programs throughout Minnesota. She also serves as a CDA professional development specialist and as a higher education peer reviewer for the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Muhs received her Master of Education degree in early childhood administration from National-Louis University in 2006 and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education degree in early childhood education and teaching from Walden University. She is passionate about teaching and inspiring adults who work with children.