I am a faculty member of the Child Development and Education Department, and former Director of the Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy in Action VIDA (formerly known as the Institute for Community and Civic Engagement) at De Anza College. I served as the Academic Senate President from 2013-2016 and continuing as a Senator representing Child Development & Education.
As a faculty member and former Department Chair, I am responsible for the preparation of early childhood professionals, the development of curricula and programs focused on inclusion of children with special needs. I have been instrumental in creating access to community college course work for Spanish-speaking early childhood workers and adult English learners. I am also involved in community development projects. At the college level, I have served as the coordinator for the Division's Early Intervention Project and the facilitator to the Literacy to Academic Development Project (a grassroots effort in the Castro Elementary School community in Mountain View). I am an advisor/coordinator for special programs, the Language Instruction for Teachers (LIFT), Teach for Tomorrow, California Alignment Project and the ECE Transfer Degree programs. I am also a mentor for the De Anza Puente Project.
From 1988 to 2000, I was the executive director of Community Family Services, Inc. (CFS) in San Jose, California for 10 years. CFS is an early childhood program whose services are provided through a network of family childcare homes in targeted areas. For over 25 years, I have conducted a variety of trainings in both English and Spanish throughout the Bay area, as well as at the State level. The professional development training has included family development, parent leadership, career development, organizational strategic planning, communication, leadership, trauma informed care, reflective practice and professional planning and development for early childhood professionals. I am featured in instructional videos for KVIE PBS Kids Ready to Learn and Early Steps to Reading Success Project.
I am committed to actively participating in community organizing and advocacy on children and family issues at the state and local levels. In March 2009, I was appointed to the San Jose/Evergreen Community College Board of Trustees, and elected in 2010 & 2012. I have served as the Co-Chair of the Santa Clara County Early Education Local Planning Council; Member and Facilitator of the Santa Clara Inclusion Collaborative; Advisor of the Warmenhoven Institute for Inclusion; Commissioner for the City of San Jose Early Care and Education Commission; member of the California Association for Bilingual Education; and Board Member of the Parent Services Project National Board. Currently I serve as Board President for Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network (SIREN).
Courses Taught at De Anza
- Introduction to Elementary School Teaching EDUC 1
- Child, Family, and Community Interrelationships, CD 12
- Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education, CD 50
- Observation and Assessment of the Young Child, CD 52
- Exceptional Children, CD 60
- Partnerships with Families in Early Childhood Education, CD 72
- B.A. in Psychology, Minor in Special Education
- M.A. in Education, Special Education
- Transdisciplinary Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health Reflective Practice Facilitator I