Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership
I live in Denver, CO with my 32-year-old son, Julian, my 10-year-old daughter, Aliyanna and my 7-year-old daughter, Aliyah. We enjoy the beautiful white winters as well as the short warm summer in Denver. I have posted my contact information in the instructor tab of this class. I would like to thank you all, in advance, for sharing and take, this opportunity to share a little bit more about me.
My interest in Early Childhood Education has its roots in my early childhood. As the fourth of a five-child family, I remember that the rudiments of education were part of our life from the very beginning. Learning to interact and socialize was a necessity in our large family and even larger community.
After many spurts and starts, I was awarded an Associate of Arts degree in June 1983. Then after the birth of my son, I completed the requirements for a bachelors of Arts Degree at Eastern Washington University, Cheney, Washington in June 1996. My major area of study was in Reading, and the minor was in Early Childhood Education. In January 1999, I completed studies and was awarded a Master of Arts Degree from Lesley College, Boston Massachusetts. Again, I elected Literacy as the area of my major studies. I have always valued education and I feel that Early Childhood Education serves as the bridge from informal, familiar training to formal, organized classroom education. It is especially important because in some cases, it is the first training in socializing and group interaction the child receives. Training in group interaction and socialization are the foundation from which we learn appropriate conduct, common courtesy, discipline and some measure of self-control. These basic elements set the tone for future success or failure in education as well as life. I have always enjoyed reading and discussing current issues in Early Childhood Education.