Early Childhood Educator Dedicated academic professional committed to providing comprehensive instruction that fosters child development. Highly skilled in developing classroom environments that are stimulating, fun, and diverse to accommodate all learning styles. Demonstrated capacity to teach, motivate, and direct students while maintaining high levels of interest and achievement. Strong planning, organizational, and leadership abilities.
Excellent communicator, highly motivated, team and detail oriented. Committed to developing innovative, creative, and fun learning environments. Flair for establishing rapport with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures. Outgoing and dynamically positive trainer and educator with 30+years of experience. Skilled in delivering key points of information to a diverse group of people. Helps participants obtain the knowledge and skills they need to thrive in a fast-paced setting. Develops interpersonal skills while offering a complete and thorough lesson plan. Highly creative in developing training strategies that build strong teams and cultivate positive environments.
13 years as a training instructor
Charismatic public speaker
Certified Training Specialist in Early Childhood Education
MS Office proficient
CDA Professional Development Specialist
Head Start programs
Self-sufficient and confident
Positive and optimistic
Training Specialist05/2006 to Current Child Care Central – Talladega,
Creates and Presents DHR approved classes to child care providers/center teachers in a six county region.
Provides on- site technical assistance to child care facilities and family child care homes.
Presents at State-Level Child Care Conferences.
Facilitates online training courses.
Uses role playing, simulations, team exercises, group discussions, videos and lectures to instruct participants in a variety of ways.
Assess training needs through surveys, interviews with employees, focus groups and consultation with managers.
Clearly communicates objectives for all lessons, units and projects to all participants.
Uses a variety of assessment tools and strategies to improve instruction methods.
Center Director10/2001 to 04/2006 Cheaha Regional Head – Talladega,
Managed the day to day operation of two Head Start centers.
Supervised 13 staff members.
Worked closely with staff to become NAEYC accredited.
Communicated openly with children's parents about daily activities and behaviors.
Continually kept abreast of toy and child-related recalls and safety warnings.
Maintained a child-friendly environment with access to outdoor activities.
Supported 10 classroom teachers in implementing a developmentally-appropriate curriculum for a group of 65 students.
Relieved the classroom teacher during breaks.
Preschool Teacher08/2000 to 10/2001 First Baptist Church Preschool – Jacksonville,
Developed and maintained a safe learning environment.
Instructed small groups of students in basic concepts such as the alphabet, shapes and color recognition.
Planned and led activities to develop students' physical, emotional and social growth.
Tailored lesson plans for students with emotional and cognitive disabilities.
Assisted the classroom teacher in supervising snack time and indoor and outdoor play.
Taught an average of 12 students per class.
Kept classrooms clean by sterilizing and disinfecting toys and surfaces.
Maintained head count and attendance sheets.
Preschool Teacher02/1991 to 08/1999 Fort McClellan Child Development Center – Ft. McClellan,
Responsible for providing instruction and guidance to a class of 20 preschool children.
Wrote and implemented lesson plan activities.
Gave one-on-one attention to children while maintaining overall focus on the entire group.
Coordinated parent-teacher conferences 2 times during the school year.
Used classroom observations to create written assessments of student performance.
Worked with interdisciplinary team members to evaluate children's progress and recommend appropriate learning plans.
Fostered reasoning and problem solving through active exploration games and activities.
Established a safe play environment for the children.
Master of Arts: Early Childhood Education2013Ashford University
Concentration in Child Development
Bachelor of Arts: Early Childhood Education2012Ashford University
Graduated Magna Cum Laude
Associate of Science: Early Childhood Education2001Gadsden State Community College
Coursework in Early Childhood Education and Child Development