Daniel J. Castner, Ph.D. (email) is an Assistant Professor of Education. Prior to beginning a career in higher education, he was a public school kindergarten teacher for 15 years in Ohio. Daniel earned his doctorate degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education from Kent State University. His scholarly interests include teacher leadership, curriculum studies, early childhood education and qualitative inquiry. More specifically, Dr. Castner’s research has attended to the ethical commitments held by educators who strive to realize virtues of democratic living in their daily practices. Recently, he authored Teaching for Holistic Understanding: Inspirational Events in Study and Practice, which was featured as chapter in a book on reconceptualizing curriculum development. Fascinated by the complexities of curriculum work and always interested in the inseparability of its study and practice, Dr. Castner considers himself fortunate for the opportunity to teach and learn alongside his students and colleagues at Bellarmine University.