Education/Industry Certifications: Certified “Safe with You” Trainer
Has Taught at SCC Since: 2008 as an adjunct, 2011 as a full-time instructor
Years of Work Experience Outside SCC: Thirteen years in public education. Ten years teaching in early childhood.
Describe your teaching philosophy.I believe that students learn best by doing. When working with young children you must have the background knowledge that will lead you to be an intentional teacher. Then you need to have the actual experience of working with children, in a variety of age groups and settings, in order to fully understand how best to guide them.
Why did you decide to teach at a community college? As a former SCC student, I enjoy the atmosphere of a community college. There are connections with people here that you don’t find in a larger university setting. Relationships are the key to successful learning.
What can prospective students expect when they enroll in your program? Students in our program should expect to be challenged and engaged in learning. They will gain knowledge about and experience working with young children. Many who enter our program are surprised by the rigor. When you leave here with a degree, you become a respected educator. Our community appreciates the knowledge, skill and work ethic our graduates demonstrate.
What experiences outside of SCC do you bring to the classroom/laboratory that enhance student learning?I have worked as a teacher in a variety of capacities for many years. My experience allows me to see the potential in every student and work to help them achieve that potential.
What advice do you have for students pursuing a degree in your program? Be prepared to work hard! Working with children is a very challenging career choice. Not only do you need to know and understand child development, you need to be able to work with families. This takes patience, perseverance and mutual respect. When you establish a good working relationship with parents and families, everyone wins.
What do you enjoy most about working with students?I enjoy seeing them mature as they work through our program. They begin to understand the importance of quality early-childhood experiences. Once they graduate, they become our colleagues, and it is fun to watch that relationship with them grow and change. We often find ourselves asking our graduates to host practicum students at their work sites!
What is the best part about being an SCC faculty member?The best part of being a member of this faculty is working with other educators who share a passion for teaching and learning. The field of education changes constantly. Our work with the Engaged Learning Experience program shows our commitment to providing quality and relevant instruction in our classrooms.
What has been your proudest moment as an instructor?There have been many! The best part of teaching is seeing a student grow with their learning. When I hear from a graduate how they are accomplishing great things in their career, I have a tremendous sense of pride! To know that you played a small part in their journey is very rewarding.
What do you like to do when you’re not teaching?I enjoy time with my family, friends and dog, Gus! Working in the yard is a favorite pastime, as well as walking, biking and swimming. I also continue my favorite hobby of making stained glass art. Recently, I completed a welding class where I combined metal and glass. I still love to learn!
What would students be surprised to know about you?They may be surprised to know that I once worked in construction. I did everything from excavation, to concrete work, framing, electrical, painting, and then building stained glass windows for homes. It was good experience, but I’m glad I’m not doing that heavy labor anymore!