Diane Studinka, Liason to the Children’s Center

dstudinka@palomar.edu                                                                                                                                                     Office: MD-359                                                                                                               Phone:  760-744-1150 x2208

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My journey here at Palomar College began as a student right after high school.  Once I completed my GE and first Child Development course, I transferred to Humboldt State University and earned my BA in Child Development.  After returning to the San Diego area, I earned my MS from National University.

I have been working in the field of Child Development since 1986.  Over the years, I have worked in just about every setting, from a licensed family child care, a before and after school program, Head Start, a private for-profit center, and a state funded center.   I have had just about every position available in the field from aide to director.

I began my work career at Palomar College in January of 1995 as a teacher of the 2-3 year olds at the Child Development Center on campus.  While at the Center, I was a teacher, site supervisor, and coordinator.  While at the same time, I began teaching as part-time in the Child Development Department in 1996 and became full-time in 2000.  I have also served as Department Chair.  One of the best parts of my job is not only to teach Child Development classes, but to also be the Child Development Center Liaison.  I have been the Liaison since 2003.  I am the link between the Center and the administration on campus.

On a more personal note, I met my husband while taking a communications class here at Palomar.  We were married in 1995 and have a wonderful teenage son, who is always challenging me to use my education and experience.  I was born and raised in Escondido and live there with my family.  When I have some free time, I enjoy photography, needle work, gardening, and doing anything hands-on.  Even as the years go on, each and every day I am thankful for all that Palomar College has given to me.