ECELS San Marcos Teaching Team
Room 1- Infant Program (6 months- 18 months)
I have worked at Palomar College since 2005, when I started working part-time with the 3-year olds. I have also worked with our 4 and 5-year olds. From April 2014- June 2019, I was the Master Teacher of the toddler class in Room 2. I am excited to work with infants now in our new infant program.
I have three AA degrees from Palomar College: Child Development, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Psychological and Social Services. Additionally, I have earned a Certificate of Achievement in American Indian Studies.
I enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom with my own two children, and now continue my work with children at Palomar: preparing an environment where they can explore and discover with all their senses and keep on learning at their own pace.
When I’m not working, I enjoy weight lifting, especially kettle bell sport, baking, cooking, and dancing Finnish and other Scandinavian folk dances. I also like to volunteer at the Howard Brubeck Theatre here on campus.
Room 2- Toddler Option (18 months- 36 months)
My name is Shelbi Morales. I have been working at the Lab School for the last 10 years. I love it here and cannot imagine working anywhere else. I have my BA in Early Childhood and a Site Supervisor Permit from the State of California Department of Education. I have been the lead teacher at the Escondido site and I am very excited to start my new journey at the San Marcos campus. When not at work I enjoy spending time in the desert with my fiancé and our son.
I earned my Associate’s degree in Child Development from Palomar College and will finish my Bachelor’s degree in Child and Adolescent Development from Point Loma Nazarene University soon. I had been a lead classroom teacher and trained assistants at Tri-City Christian School in the 3-4 year old classroom for the past 3 years. I started as Master Teacher in room 3 in March 2017.
Room 4 Master Teacher
I have worked at the Child Development Center since 2004. I went through the Child Development Program at Palomar College and obtained my AA in Child Development, as well as 3 certificates in Child Development. I decided to go back to school to further my education in 2008, and I obtained my BS in Social Science with a concentration on children. I have a son who was born in 2012 and we enjoy spending time in sunny San Diego at the beach, park, and local amusement parks. I feel I can go to work everyday and enjoy the children in my classroom who encourage me to look at things in a different way. These children are the future and I enjoy watching them grow and develop.
Room 5 Master Teacher
My name is Sylvie McCann and I am the master teacher in room 5. I am from Belgium and have lived in San Diego about 20 years. I have two daughters in their twenties. I have been working with children from 18 months to 5 years old at Palomar College since 2004. I have my AA in Child Development and my Bachelor in Science of Human Services. I really enjoy working with children and truly believe that preschool is very important for the development of the whole child.
Room 6 Master Teacher
My name is Lorene Craw. I have earned an AA in art at Imperial Valley College. I have been certified in the Child Development Program at Palomar College, and hold a Site Supervisor Permit through the California Department of Education. While raising our four sons, I was a caregiver for twenty -two years in my home. I have worked with children of all ages over the years. I have been working at Palomar Child Development Center since 1998. I enjoy working with the three to five year olds. I am very excited to work with this age group and always look forward to preparing them for kindergarten. My interests are art and music and spending time with my two grandsons. I love fishing and the outdoors and encourage the children to explore their environment.
I have been working at the ECELS since 2011 and couldn’t see myself anywhere else. I absolutely enjoy working with children and have been since I was 13 years old. I started off as a volunteer, helping out in a small local child care center, then became a nanny shortly after as I got into high school. I received an AA in Child Development and in General Studies with an emphasis in Special Education. I recently graduated from CSUSM, with a Bachelors of Art in Child and Adolescent Development. Last year I incorporated sign language into the classroom and will be continuing to do so this year. I love going to the beach, camping, and going on road trips to Texas (my favorite place in the world!) or anywhere else.
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