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Early Childhood Education Faculty

Tena Carr
Adjunct Associate Professor
Bio:
    B.A., State University of New York, Stony Brook, New York
    M.A., University of Iowa Institute of Child Behavior and Development, Iowa City, Iowa

Tena has been teaching in the field of Early Childhood Education/Child Development for more than 40 years.  She has a BA degree in Psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a MA in Child Development/Early Childhood Education from the Institute of Child Behavior and Development at the University of Iowa. She has worked directly with preschool children as a teacher at the University of Iowa University Preschool, Head Start, and while supervising Delta College Student Teachers in Practicum classes. For the last two years she has been the Educational Consultant for a private home-based preschool in Arizona. Active as the Co-Chairperson of the Chancellor's Office Child Development Advisory Committee, Regional Catalyst for California Early Childhood Educators, and a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, she has visited child development centers throughout the state. Tena has served as Treasurer for California Community College Early Childhood Educators, and is currently the President of the Board of Directors of Family Resource and Referral Agency of San Joaquin County. In recent years Tena has become as dedicated to improving the adult supervision skills of those working in the classroom with young children as to improving the lives of children.

While not teaching online Tena enjoys sailing, cross country skiing, Yoga and travelling. Favorite destinations are Arizona, Vermont and Maui.

Discipline: Child Development
email: tcarr@deltacollege.edu
Webpage:
Courses taught:
    Child Development 76, Early Childhood Education Adult Supervision
Course material: Docushare

Amy Chi
Adjunct Associate Professor
Bio:
B.A., California State University, Stanislaus, California
M.A., California State University, Stanislaus, California

Amy Chi earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Child Development from California State University, Stanislaus and a Master of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Child Development from the California State University, Stanislaus. Amy began working in the field of early childhood as a Preschool teacher in 1996. She has worked as a preschool teacher (public/First 5), Healthy Start Coordinator, School Readiness Coordinator, Director of Preschool Programs and Program Manager.

Currently, Amy is the Program Manager for the San Joaquin County Office of Education Rural Home Visitation Program, Focus on Five Collaborative for Healthy Change Grant, AB212 Salary Retention Program and Race Top The Top (RTT).  Amy serves on the San Joaquin County Local Child Care Planning Council.  She has been involved with parent and provider training for the past 9 years as a KVIE Trainer. She has been involved in CAEYC for 17 years and currently holds the board position, President and Program Chair.  She has been trained in CLASS and ECERS.

Amy is has been married since 1991 and has two children. She enjoys spending time with her family, biking and shopping.

Discipline: Child Development
email: achi@deltacollege.edu
Webpage:
Courses taught:
    Child Development 21, Child and Adolescent Development
    Child Development 38, Financial/Personnel Administration
Course material: Docushare

Suzanne Coleman
Professor
Bio:
   B.A., California State University, Stanislaus
   M.A., Pacific Oaks College

Suzanne Coleman joined San Joaquin Delta College in 2009.  Suzanne has more than twenty years of experience in the educational field serving as a teacher, a disabilities specialist, an education consultant and, most recently as the Assistant Director for the county wide Head  Start program serving more than three thousand children from birth through age five. 

Suzanne received her B.A. in Liberal Studies, with an emphasis in History from California State University, Stanislaus and her M.A. in Human Development with a Specialization in Early Childhood Education from Pacific Oaks College.  She also has a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential.  Suzanne’s teaching interests include early childhood curricular practices, especially science, math, language and literacy practices, as well as social justice and diversity.

Suzanne is an active participant in the local early childhood scene, belongs to the CAEYC, serves as the local Coordinator of the California Early Childhood Mentor Teacher Program and serves as a member of the Local Child Care Planning Council.  In her spare time, Suzanne enjoys reading, walking, cooking healthfully and traveling, especially to warm locales.

Discipline: Child Development
Office Phone:(209) 954-5582
Office Location: Shima 320
email: scoleman@deltacollege.edu
Webpage:
Courses taught:
    Child Development 21,   Child and Adolescent Development
    Child Development 26,   Child, Family and Community
    Child Development 27,   Culture and Diversity in Early Childhood Education
    Child Development 31A, Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children
    Child Development 31B, Introduction to ECE Curriculum
Course material: Docushare

Cindy Cundiff-Wray
Adjunct Associate Professor
Bio:
   A.A., San Joaquin Delta College, Stockton, California
   B.A., California State University, Sacramento, California
   M.S., University of California, Davis, California

Cindy Cundiff-Wray is currently adjunct faculty teaching Children with Special Needs and Assessment and Observation. Cindy also teaches infant/toddler classes and a lab at Modesto Junior college. She graduated from SJ Delta college and pursued her Bachelor degree in Child Development at CSU Sacramento where she also worked in the campus children's center. After taking off one year to teach for Stockton Unified, she earned a Master of Science in Child Development from U.C. Davis and was the Head Teacher in the UCD lab school. Cindy has over 32 years experience working with young children and their families in programs ranging from Head Start to the French Camp migrant programs and positions from teacher to Stanislaus County Education coordinator.

Discipline: Child Development
email: cwray@deltacollege.edu
Webpage:
Courses taught:
    Child Development 25, Observation and Assessment
    Child Development 34, Children With Special Needs
Course material: Docushare

Anglea DaCruz
Professor
Bio:
   B.A., Carthage College, Wisconsin
   M.S., Concordia University, Wisconsin

Discipline: Child Development
Office Phone: (209) 954-5565
Office Location: Shima 222
email: abeyer@deltacollege.edu
Webpage:
Courses taught:
    Child Development 21,   Child and Adolescent Development
    Child Development 30,   Early Childhood Experiences: Language Arts
    Child Development 32A, ECE Practicum-Field Experience
    Child Development 32B, ECE Practicum
    Child Development 39,   Infant Toddler Practicum
Course material: Docushare

Karen Falcone
Adjunct Associate Professor
Bio:
    B. S.  Education, East Stroudsburg University, Pennsylvania|
    M. Ed.  Education, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    Ed.D. In Progress, University of the Pacific, Stockton, California

Karen is a transplant from Pennsylvania, where she received her B. S. degree in education, with a concentration in early childhood education and her M. Ed. Degree in education, with a concentration in reading.  She holds both a permanent teaching credential for grades K-8 and a reading specialist certificate.  She is currently working on her Ed. D. in Curriculum Instruction, with an emphasis on special education, at University of the Pacific. 

Karen has been an adjunct faculty member since 1998.  In addition to teaching at San Joaquin Delta College, she has also taught upper-division classes in the Psychology/Child Development Division at California State University, Stanislaus.  Other teaching experiences span teaching preschool-age children to elementary-age children and also teaching academically talented children.  Karen developed a toddler program for a local preschool in Stockton and currently serves a consultant in the establishment of a new preschool in our community.  Administrative experiences include directing a preschool-age program and a before and after-school childcare program. 

Other professional experiences include being a member of the Early Childhood Education Advisory Council, a mentor evaluator for the California Early Childhood Mentor Program, and an evaluator of higher education textbooks. Karen has been a reading tutor for Reading is Fundamental and has also developed a program for parents and tots to enjoy together.

Karen is passionate about the importance of early childhood education and the great benefit of early intervention. She views teaching as a privilege, providing the opportunity to be a catalyst for change in improving the lives of children and their families.

Karen enjoys the new joy and challenge of being a bi-coastal grandparent, with a grandson in PA and a twin granddaughter and grandson in CA.  Tropical vacations and leisure time to read are at the top of her relaxation list!  

Discipline: Child Development
email: kfalcone@deltacollege.edu
Webpage:
Courses taught:
    Child Development 21, Child and Adolescent Development
    Child Development 26, Child, Family and Community
    Child Development 29, ECE: Arts and Science
    Child Development 33, Infant Development and Caregiving
    Child Development 36, Activities and Environments for School Age Child Care
    Child Development 37, Administrative of Child Care Programs
    Child Development 38, Financial and Personnel Administration in Child Care
    Child Development 62, Positive Parenting
    Child Development 63, Child Discipline

Course material: Docushare

Dr. Vivian Harper
Professor
Bio:
   B.A., California State University, Hayward
   M.S., California State University, Hayward
   Ph.D., University of Southern California

Vivian has been teaching at Delta College since 1991 and has been working in the field of early childhood education since 1973. During that time, she has worked in a variety of child development settings including campus child care, state-funded child development centers and laboratory schools, military child care, resource and referral and teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in both public and private colleges. She has also written grants and conducted child care planning studies for cities and counties.

In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, traveling, strumming on a guitar and writing. She starts each morning with an hour-long walk and an Americano.  Her most meaningful personal challenge is that she is a cancer survivor, proud to wear a pink ribbon.

Discipline: Child Development
Office Phone:  (209) 954-5596
Office Location:  Shima 239
E-mail:  vharper@deltacollege.edu
Webpage:
Courses Taught:
    Child Development 21,   Child and Adolescent Development
    Child Development 31A, Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children
    Child Development 31B, Introduction to Curriculum
    Child Development 32A, Early Childhood Education Practicum-Field Experience   
    Child Development 33,   Infant Development and Caregiving
    Child Development 39,   Infant/Toddler Practicum
    Child Development 37,   Administration of Child Care Programs
    Child Development 38,   Financial and Personnel Administration in Child Care
    Child Development 75,   Discovering Child Development
Course Materials:  Etudes

Gina Hesseltine
Adjunct Associate Professor
Bio:
    B.A., California State University, Sacramento, Californina
    M.A., California State University, Sacraemento, California

Gina has been teaching at Delta since 2000 and teaching exclusively online for the last 7 years. She resides in Wallace with her husband and two children.  In her spare time she enjoys reading, spending time with her family and friends and living in the country.

Discipline: Child Development
email: ghesseltine@deltacollege.edu
Webpage:
Courses taught:
    Child Development 21, Child and Adolescent Development
Course material: Docushare

Dr. Karen Ippolito
Professor
Bio:
    A.S., Modesto Junior College, Modesto, California
    B.S.N., California State University, Stanislaus, California
    M.S.N., University of California, San Francisco, California
    Ed.D., University of Pacific, Stockton, California

Karen is a full-time nursing science professor at Delta College.  She earned her A.S., B.S.N., and M.S.N. in Nursing.  Her M.S.N. emphasis is a Family Nurse Practitioner Specialty.  She completed her doctorate in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in developmental cognition.  She has taught Lifespan Human Development since 2003 and her credentials also enable her to also teach Early Childhood Education courses.

Discipline: Child Development
Office Phone:  (209) 954-5730
Office Location:  Locke 218
email: kippolito@deltacollege.edu
Webpage:  http://www.deltacollege.edu/emp/kippolito/index.html
Courses taught:
    Child Development 28, Child Health, Safety and Nutrition
Course material: Docushare

Ed Lewis
Adjunct Associate Professor
Bio:

Discipline: Child Development
email: elewis@deltacollege.edu
Webpage:
Courses taught:
    Child Development 25, Observation and Assessment
    Child Development 29, ECE: Arts and Sciences
    Child Development 72, Play and Learning
Course material: Docushare

Franzi Lilly-Rockey
Adjunct Associate Professor
Bio:                       
    A.A., San Joaquin Delta College, Stockton, California
    B.A., Liberal Studies with a Concentration in Early Childhood
            Development California State University at Stanislaus,
            Turlock, CA
    M.A., Education, Curriculum and Technology from University
            of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ (Lathrop Campus)

Franzi Lilly-Rockey has worked in the field of child development since 1976 as an educator
in the San Joaquin County Head Start Program. She is currently teaching Child and Adolescent Development and Child, Family and Community. Franzi has also taught Early Childhood courses for the B.A. Cohort in Early Child Development with National University. Courses included: Child and Adolescent Development, Children with Special Needs, Physical Environment for Young Children, Individualized Early Childhood Studies, and Curriculum for ECE. She has also taught for the County Office of Education’s Apprenticeship Program in Child Development. After attending SJ Delta College, she pursued her Bachelors of Arts in Liberal Studies with a Concentration in Early Childhood Development at California State University, Stanislaus. While working full time and raising a family, she earned a Masters in Education: Curriculum and Technology from University of Phoenix. Franzi has presented locally, state-wide and nationally at conferences such as NAEYC State Conferences and Head Start National Conferences for day care providers, family service workers, early childhood teachers on topics including: Brain Development, Math & Science for Young Children and Literacy. She has also written grants and is a current member of several councils and task-forces in the community as an advocate for children and families.

Discipline: Child Development
email: flilly@deltacollege.edu      
Webpage:
Courses taught:
    Child Development 21, Child and Adolescent Development
    Child Development 26, Child, Family and Community
    Child Development 28, Child Health, Safety and Nutrition
Course material: Docushare

Pam Mekjavich
Adjunct Associate Professor
Bio: 
   B.A., University of California, Berkeley
   M.S., California State University, Sacramento

Pam has been involved in early childhood education for over 38 years in one form or another and still finds the need for educated and committed professionals to work with children and families as great as ever. She has been an infant toddler teacher, preschool teacher, head teacher in a largE child development center, assistant director and staff development coordinator, parent educator, kindergarten teacher, project specialist for a preschool through second grade state-wide program, community college instructor and of course mother and grandmother.

These experiences provide you with a picture of how her individual perspective has evolved. They may help you to understand the viewpoints she will share with you during the course you take.

All of her experiences have led her to believe that the most important role is that of a child advocate. So no matter what role or position you may find yourselves in, she is hopeful that the information you gain from the course will help you to articulate the needs of children and families in our community today. The quote, "It takes a village to raise a child" may be overused, but certainly expresses a very real need as we look at the issues bombarding our families today.

Discipline: Child Development
email pmekjavich@deltacollege.edu
Webpage:
Courses taught:
    Child Development 26, Child, Family and Community   
Course material: Docushare


Judy Murray
Adjunct Associate Professor
Bio:                                                                                                                                         

Discipline: Child Development
email jmurray@deltacollege.edu
Webpage:
Courses taught:
    Child Development 30, Early Childhood Experience  
Course material: Docushare

Rita Schuckman
Adjunct Associate Professor
Bio:
    B.A., University of San Francisco, California
    M.A., University of the Pacific, Stockton, California

I'd like to extend a warm welcome to all of you! My name is Rita Schuckman and I'm looking forward to joining you as we explore health and safety practices related to caring for children in early care and education programs. Whether you are a novice or an experienced on-line student, I am hopeful that we will get to know each other as we form a learning community in cyberspace this semester.  Just as in a campus classroom, your participation and willingness to share your unique experiences and points of view will help to enrich all of us.

I am married and have three grown daughters and four wonderful grandchildren; twin nine- years olds (who are brother and sister) and a very funny and spunky four year  old grandson and his cute and clever 6 month old sister.  In addition to being a wife, mother and doting grandma I also direct and still teach preschool daily at a private preschool in Stockton. I have been an adjunct instructor at Delta since 1987 and have taught several ECE classes and have been fortunate to work with many outstanding colleagues in our profession. These different roles have shaped my personal philosophy of teaching and learning, and my perspective and opinion on some issues has shifted as new information, new professional roles and new challenges have arisen. In the last few years, the amount of knowledge available through the web is staggering and requires yours and my critical thinking to sort through it. (Shock: not everything posted on websites is true!!)

I still do believe strongly that each child has a unique way of seeing the world and our job, as adults is to nurture that spirit and find a way for it to flourish. A child's needs are physical, social, emotional and cognitive. This course will focus on health and safety and nutrition, the basic stepping stones required for success. My hope is that you enjoy learning some new material and will find ways to apply your knowledge to those lucky children who share some of your personal or professional life.

Discipline: Child Development, Education
email: rschuckman@deltacollege.edu
Webpage:
Courses taught:
    Child Development 21, Child and Adolescent Development
    Child Development 26, Child, Family and Community
    Child Development 28, Child Health, Safety and Nutrition
    Child Development 38, Financial and Personnel Adminstration in Child Care
Course material: Docushare

 

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