Meet the CAD Team!

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Hi there! My name is Cynthia and currently attending my last semester at San Francisco State University. I will be graduating May, 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Child and Adolescents Development with an emphasis in Early Childhood, and receiving a minor degree in Special Education. While attending school full-time, I am also working in the field. Currently I work at one of the ECE centers at San Francisco State as an associate teacher. I been in this field for about 5-6 years, and have grown in my teaching practices through hands on experiences. I am very excited to be part of the CAD Honors program in South Africa for the second time. Being in Vrygrond last summer/winter was one of my best experiences, and I’m looking forward to another learning and growing experience working in the townships.

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Hola! My name is Isabel but most know me as Izzy and I am the youngest one out of our group this year. I am only a sophomore who still hasn’t declared a major but I do have an interest in becoming an educator. With the handful of CAD courses I have taken these past years, I have been able to put to practice what I am learning about child development. I have been working with children professionally for the past two years in a preschool classroom and in a pool as a swim instructor. Being a teacher in two completely different environments has allowed be to become very creative and effective when trying to make every situation a learning experience. In my past two years as a teacher I have worked with many different children from many different backgrounds and have realized how much of an impact a child’s community has on their development. With early childhood education being very different around our world, I am excited to learn and experience, in a different culture, how a child’s environment affects their full development. I hope to hear many stories, spread/receive lots of knowledge and create great relationships with children, families and educators along the way!

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Hi, I’m Amy! I recently graduated from SFSU  with a B.A in Child Development (Emphasis on Early Childhood Education) and a minor in Special Education. I’ve been teaching for 3 years working with a variety of age ranges, from infants up to adolescents. I am currently an infant teacher in my hometown. I hope to get my masters in Multicultural and International Education or Non-Profit Management in the future. My strengths include parent relationships, social-emotional development in the classroom and sensory/motor based activities. I’m excited to see how culture, values and social-historical perspectives influence education and child development in creches of Vrygrond.

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Hey there, I’m Jeannine a junior at SFSU and an Epsilon cohort in the PATH program. Currently, I am pursuing my BA in Child Development with a minor in Special Education. My future career goal is to become an Early Interventionist, until then I am working at a family based facility and volunteer at a parent co-op. I feel I have strengths in social/emotional development and early childhood mental health. I am looking forward to the experiences of South Africa and teaching in the Creches.

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Hola! my name is Efren Jonathan Calero Sanchez, but please address me as “Johnny”. I am on my second semester in the Epsilon cohort of the PATH program at San Francisco State University. I have almost 10 years of experience in Early Childhood Education. My mother ran a Family Child Care for almost 20 years where I started my practice, but I have been a teacher all my life, and have stories to prove it. My specialty is children with challenging behaviors, and one to one support for children. I am most excited to get to know the children, tasting the flavors of your land, enjoying beauty, and for my growth as a person and teacher. I also would like to share that I was born in Nicaragua, Central America and that I speak Spanish as my other language. Hasta pronto!

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Hello! My name is Natalia Richards. I am 25 years old, from San Francisco, California. I graduated from San Francisco State University in spring 2015, with a Bachelor’s degree in Child and Adolescent Development, Early Childhood Education Emphasis. In the fall, I will be pursuing a Master’s degree in International Development Services at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in New York.

I have been working as a Preschool Teacher for three years, now in the three year old classroom. Some of my specialties include family relationships and social/emotional development. As a teacher I believe that it is extremely important to build positive relationships with families, because they are a child’s first teacher. I have been trained to use The Teaching Pyramid, which provides teachers with an approach for ensuring healthy social and emotional development of the children they serve.

I am super excited to meet the teachers and children in the creches. I can’t wait to learn about, and experience the culture in Cape Town.  I’m sure we will have a lot of fun together, both in and out of the classroom. See you soon!

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