Discipline/Teaching Area: Early Childhood Education
I started with the College of the Rockies in the spring of 2017 as a auxiliary instructor in the Child Youth and Family Studies Program, and then moved into a full time term position in the Fall of 2018. For the most part I teach in the Early Childhood Education specialty; however, I do also cover some of the Child Youth and Family Studies core courses.
I have worked in the early childhood field for the past 26 years and have experience in infant/toddler care, 3-5 care, preschool and after school programs. For the last 16 years I have specifically worked with children who require extra support in childcare settings, and before working for the College of the Rockies, I was a full-time consultant for the East Kootenay Supported Child Development Program for 14 years.
I have a diploma in Early Childhood Education, a Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Youth Care, and my Provincial Instructors Diploma.
I try to incorporate video instruction into most of my assignments because I find that students do better when they have a verbal explanation and it allows me to give little tips that they might not pick up from the written instructions.
I believe that all children deserve caregivers who are genuine, caring and supportive. As an Early Childhood Education instructor, I strive to provide students with hands-on learning and interactive discussions that will encourage, engage and promote a lifelong interest in caring for and supporting children. Working with children is a profession that requires dedication, devotion and hard work. As an instructor it is my responsibility to ensure that students leave our program with the knowledge and tools they will need when they are employed in the early childhood field.