Associate Professor & Department Chair, Child Development
Office: MD-358 (San Marcos main campus)
Phone: 760-744-1150 x2314
Teaching Fall 2017:
CHDV 99 – Preparation for Child Development Majors
CHDV 185 – Introduction to Curriculum
Crisis in the Kindergarten – 2009 report from Alliance for Childhood
Emails are typically returned within 24 hours M-F. Emails received over the weekends will typically be returned on Mondays, excepting holidays and school breaks.
A Colorado native, I earned my B.A. in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at University of Colorado at Boulder in 1998 (Go Buffs!). After teaching preschoolers (with special needs and typically developing) for three years, I moved to San Diego in 2001 to pursue my graduate work. I earned my graduate certificate in Community College Teaching and my M.S. in Child and Family Development at SDSU in 2003. I also have my ECE Program Director permit from the state of CA.
In June 2004, I earned my certifications as a Certified Childbirth Educator (CCE) and a Certified Doula (CD) from UCSD School of Medicine Extension. I earned my certification as a Certified Lactation Educator (CLE) from UCSD in April 2006. I currently work privately as a parenting consultant. I was previously a perinatal and childbirth educator for Scripps Encinitas and Tri-City Medical Center, as well as a birth doula.
Previously, I taught in the Child and Family Development department at SDSU and the Child Development department at Southwestern College.
I live in Carlsbad with my husband, Ian, and our daughter Zephyr, who was born in 2008. I enjoy needlework and embroidery; reading; crafting, sewing, and making toys; nail polish and nail art; riding my electric bike; and Zumba.
I started teaching at Palomar as an adjunct in Fall 2003, and became a full time faculty member in Fall 2004, receiving tenure in Spring 2008. I have been department chair since Fall 2009. I love being a part of the Palomar community!