My teaching philosophy is based on the belief that each teacher is a unique individual who needs a secure, and stimulating atmosphere in which to develop and excel. It is my desire as an educator to help teachers meet their fullest potential by individualizing and meeting them at their current area level, building on personal & preexisting experiences, and supporting risk-taking. There are four areas that as a consultant I believe are encouraged while working towards such an approach (1) the consultant acting as a guide (2) offering an opportunity for teachers to build skills (3) opportunity for teachers to have one-on-one experience (4) supporting leadership opportunities. These four guiding points are surrounded with the intent to provide teachers with developmentally appropriate approaches in Early Childhood in a way that is not too hard destroying possibilities and not too easy making challenges seem irrelevant but by helping them to construct new ideas based on intrinsic motivation and excitement.
My leadership style is inclusive, structured, and uses coaching to produce high achievers with-in the team. I strongly believe in building leaders and giving individuals an opportunity to gain the self-confidence needed to accomplish desired goals. With such leadership style one of my enjoyment is gained by using creativity to support staff ongoing learning, challenging students, and advancing organizational abilities. Compassion and empathy combined with an aptitude for teaching and the skill to communicate well with staff, and students has given me the ability to work with a large diverse team. My experience has molded my philosophy on the importance of student uniqueness.
My educational background has both breadth and depth. Early on in my career, I completed my associate’s degree in Child Development. Hitting the ground running in the field of Education drove my eagerness to then complete a Bachelor of Art in Business Management and Leadership. As I grew to become a strong leader and collaborator I was drawn to continue in the field of education. As I excelled in the career of early childhood, I also worked toward and eventually earned my Master of Arts in Early Childhood and Education. In December of 2020, this love for learning led me to earn my Doctorate in Education with a Focus in Curriculum and Instruction.
For 9 years I have been an adjunct faculty member for Mt San Jacinto College. During this time, I have taught many of the Child Development courses to support the need of the Child Development Department (e.g. CDE101: Principles and Practices (face-to-face), CDE 103: Appropriate Curricula for Young Children (face-to-face), CDE110: Child, Development, and Growth (face-to-face, & online), CDE 119: Infant and Toddler Growth and Development (face-to-face), CDE111: Health, Safety, and Nutrition (Face-to-Face), and CDE125: Child, Family, and Community (face-to-face). Within this role I have developed a deeper understanding through the “Standards for Quality Online Teaching (SQOT)”. This training has providing me with a different lens on how to provide a rigorous syllabus and creating an online space to reach students while meeting their needs.
Teaching at Mt. San Jacinto has offered me the opportunity to engage in something I love the most which is helping students to be successful. In the nine years I have taught for MSJC I have kept myself relevant in not forgetting where I came from and the struggles I have endured while going through school. Making sure that I do not forget my previous struggles has help me to support students on their individual levels. I take each individual story and support accordingly. Being able to stay relevant to the needs of the students have made a tremendous difference in building confidence and belief of possibilities. I am excited to bring all of the identified skills and approaches as I engage in the area of consultation for the field of education. I feel that my diverse background, experiences, and my ongoing ability to adjust and adapt to individuals will be an asset to my clients.
Early Childhood Work Experience
I have worked with districts, nonprofit agencies, and governmental programs serving ECE community throughout California and Georgia. I am a professional growth advisor, working one-on-one with early childhood professionals working to complete their California Permit application and renewals. I have worked in a variety of settings providing direct services to children and families as well as in-service caregiver education: I began in the field of ECE as an Instructional Assistant! Eventually, I held teacher, director, education coordinator and vice principal positions in setting ranging from small private own organizations to large chain operates schools serving over 800 children serving infant-school-age. As an education coordinator/Vice principal for a licensed center, I was responsible for hiring, supervising, training, developing budgets, developing and implementing appropriate curriculum, maintaining 800+ children records, and state licensing requirement, providing parent education opportunities and resource, coordinating evaluation of our program and evaluation of 72 teaching staff. I also worked with children in a variety of other settings including supplementary programs supporting children with special needs and mental health services. Knowledge was also obtained with grant writing which I recently executed a California State Preschool Program (CSPP) expansion grant worth ($800,000). This additional skill will help support the department in gaining additional funding to support program growth and development.
Advocate for Early Childhood
As a professional in the education field I strongly believe in staying active within the field through association of professional organizations such as National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), National Head Start Association (NHSA), National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI), and Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC). I also believe in giving back to the community through church involvement. Some of these volunteer opportunities include feeding the homeless, participating in toy drive, back-to-school supply donation/drive, baking bread/meals and providing to the senior citizens, brown girl club and providing transportation for the less fortunate for church. The goal is to never forget where I came from and to always give back and stay informed.
As a highly motivated consultant with tremendous energy, my goal is to offer all of my experience and education to clients in need. My objective as a consultant is to bring my experience and knowledge to all of my clients in the area of Early Childhood.
Areas of Expertise
- Online Teaching (Community College Online Standards of Quality Certificate)
- Coach, English Language Development (ELD)
- Reliable- Certified, Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)
- Trainer, Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC)
- Trained, Resource for Infant Educators (RIE)
- Trained, Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP)
- Trained, UCLA Head Start Management Fellows Program
- Trained, Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS)
- Trained, CSEFEL Pyramid Model and Conceptual Framework
- Trained, Teaching and Learning Committee (TLC)
- Trained, Ages and Stages
- Trained, Reflective Supervision
- Early Childhood Directors Permit- Advisor opportunity
- Classroom Management
- Lesson Planning
- Room Arrangement
- Trained on Ages and Stages Questioner ( ASQ-3/ASQ:SE:2)
- Post-Master Cert Education/Leadership and Accountability
- Post-Master Cert Education/ Curriculum and Instruction