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Early Childhood Education Lab School

Toddler – Preschool Programs

Administrative Team- Escondido

ECE Lab School Liason

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Diane Studinka
Office: MD-359
Phone: 760-744-1150 x2208

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 (as it was called back then) 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 ECE Lab School 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.

ECE Lab School Coordinator

Tamara Holthaus
  Phone: 760-744-1150 x2578

Photo & bio coming soon!

Site Supervisor – Escondido

Lisa Casas

760-744-1150 Ext.8155


It has always been a passion of mine to work with young children. Seeing their growth and development over a short period of time is extremely rewarding. It is my pleasure to oversee the Escondido ECE Lab School as Site Supervisor.

I first began my career working with children in 2007 at a small preschool here in Escondido. After gaining experience with that school, I moved on to a larger preschool within a school district on the coast. There I was a lead classroom teacher, office assistant, and an after-school head teacher/enrichment coordinator. I am very excited to be a part of the leadership team here at the ECE Lab School.

My education began in 2007 when I began taking Child Development courses here at Palomar College. In 2010, I transferred to Cal State San Marcos where I received my BA in Human Development with an emphasis in Children’s Services. After I brief pause, I returned to school at Pacific Oaks college and gained my MA in Early Childhood Education in 2014.

I met my husband while taking classes at Palomar College in 2008. We got married in 2011 and have 2 dogs, and 1 cat. In 2016 we moved from Escondido to Temecula, CA and love it! In our spare time we enjoy off-roading in the desert, camping in the mountains, and creating DIY projects around our house.