Meet the CAD Team!


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.


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!


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.


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.



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!


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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