​ECE Faculty 
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Dean, Early Childhood Education and Training Programs
Diane M. Stewart, x3503


 
 










Early Childhood Education Department Chair
Renee Marshall , x3731

Renée Marshall is a full time faculty member of the Early Childhood Education department at College of the Canyons. She also serves as the Director of the TEACH program on campus. Renée has served as adjunct faculty in Education since 2004 and in ECE since 2007. Renée is the Project Director of the Career Technical Education Teacher Preparation Pipeline Grant and has been the TEACH Program Director since 2007.  These grant funds assist students in exploring and preparing for careers in education. Renée has been a dynamic coordinator of the Future Educators Club for the past seven years, involving 80 to 100 students each year in professional growth activities on campus and in our community. Renée comes to the ECE department with a Masters in Education, and a Masters in Education Administration and Policy Studies. She has 10 years experience in preschool and elementary education and has been working with children and families for over 20 years. Renée teaches parenting classes for the City of Santa Clarita and has done so since 2008. 
Renée is the Vice President of the Santa Clarita Education Foundation and is the past President of the Santa Clarita Valley Mothers of Twins Club.
Renée lives in Castaic with her husband Jeremy and their twins, Zach and Lily.

 
Early Childhood Education Faculty
Cindy Stephens, x3512

Cindy Stephens has spent over half of her life dedicated to her passion of creating an educational system that honors and supports children in their lifelong journey of learning.  She is currently a full time faculty member of the Early Childhood Education department at College of the Canyons.  She has been a full time faculty since 2002.  Previous to that, she was an adjunct faculty in both the adult and children’s environment.  She is grateful for all of the years she spent in the early childhood environment as it has afforded her the ability to share her experience and knowledge with her adult students. 

In addition to her work in the ECE department at COC, Cindy is the program director for Foster and Kinship Care Education, the Coordinator for the Child Development Training Consortium, the division representative on the Curriculum Committee, and has held various positions in Early Childhood organizations over the many years she has dedicated herself to the field of Early Childhood.

Cindy currently resides in the Santa Clarita Valley with the love of her life.  She raised two wonderful children, Taylor and Trent and enjoys spending time with the two wonderful adults they have become.  

One of her favorite quotes is: “Children don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.” - Unknown



Part-Time Faculty 
Kristin Beeve


Kristin Beeve is an adjunct faculty member of the Early Childhood department at College of the Canyons.; Kristin has been with the department since Fall 2006. Prior to teaching at College of the Canyons, Kristin worked as a Program Coordinator for Bright Horizons Family Solutions at the Warner Bros. Studios Children’s Center for 9 years.  Additionally, she has been employed as a Lead Preschool Teacher for the Disney Children’s Center, as well as a Teacher’s assistant for Glendale Community College Parent Education Program. Kristin has been an active member of NAEYC and has assisted the programs she worked with to achieve accreditation status. Kristin has presented workshops for the CAEYC conferences and has also served as a Parent Education workshop speaker for various programs funded through LAUP. Kristin has a Master’s Degree in Child Development/Child Life from the University of LaVerne. Kristin lives in La Canada with her husband Greg and their two children, Emily and Matthew.



Sharon Eyrich

Sharon has worked with children and families for over 30 years.
She specializes in teacher and staff training, curriculum planning, learning environments, behavior management, mentoring, and related areas.  Her educational background is in early childhood education and educational psychology and she considers herself a lifelong learner.  In addition to teaching at COC Sharon also consults and conducts teacher trainings throughout California.  She also acts as coordinator for the California Early Childhood Mentor Program and belongs to several educational and community organizations.  
 

Senta Greene celebrates a distinguished career of over 25 years in early care and education and a deep commitment to inspiring educators, school leaders, and policy makers to serve ALL children and their families with unparalleled aptitude, excellence, and dedication. Senta is passionate about supporting adult learners who seek to strengthen their awareness, understanding, and responsiveness about inclusive education, diversity, reflective practice, and high quality care for young children and their families. Senta is a frequent writer, speaker, advisor, and commentator- both nationally and internationally-on cultural humility, inclusive education, family-centered care and reflective practice.  Senta has been recognized on the state, national and international levels with awards for excellence in teaching and service. As a thought leader in education, her work has stimulated innovative curriculum designs in early childhood classrooms and groundbreaking policy development and systems change in respecting cultural diversity, inclusive education, and family-centered practices. In the world of early care and education, she has served in the role of teacher, home visitor, preschool administrator, early intervention specialist, inclusion specialist, college instructor, consultant, and trainer.  

  

 

Michael Mansfield
Michael Mansfield is a part-time adjunct faculty member of the Early Childhood Education department at College of the Canyons.  He also teaches English for the William S. Hart School District where he was recently voted 2013-14 Teacher of the Year for his high school.  As an outspoken proponent of poetry and the arts on the high school level, he has organized the annual Day of the Artist and Poet Festival as well as published seven anthologies of high school student poetry for the past seven years.  He has 10 years of experience in high school level education, specializing in "at risk" students.  Michael comes to the ECE department with a Masters in Education.  He was voted one of Santa Clarita's Top 40 Under 40 by the SCV Junior Chamber of Commerce and has volunteered for the YMCA for 17 years.  Michael lives in Castaic with his wife Jeanine and his daughter Madeline.

 

 

 

Monica Marshall, x3556 



Gina Peterson has been a part of the ECE Department since 2012.  Besides being an instructor, she is also a co-advisor for COC’s Future Educators Club and an advisor for the ASPIRE Program through LAUP.  As an advocate for children and families, she has worked in the field of ECE for over 30 years as an afterschool counselor, preschool teacher and center director.
Professor Peterson has a MA degree in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in ECE from CSUN, a BS from the University of La Verne in Child Development and AA in Humanities from PCC. She also attended COC to complete some of her ECE coursework. Professor Peterson enjoys traveling and silly trivia, and is motivated by faith, family, friends and fitness.  She believes that “All things are possible…so why not dream BIG!”       




 


Wendy Ruiz, x3510
Wendy Ruiz is the Infant/Toddler Director at College of the Canyons Center for Early Childhood Education and an adjunct instructor for the ECE department. Wendy has worked with children and families for over 20 years in both the classroom setting as well as in administration. Wendy sits on the board of the Southern California Valley Association for the Education of Young Children as the WYOC co-chair and has coordinated the Week of the Young Child Play Day for the past five years. Wendy is a certified trainer in PITC (Program for Infants, Toddlers and Caregivers). Wendy received her B.A. in Child Development from Cal State University Northridge and her M.S. in Child Development/Child Life from the University of La Verne.







Marli Sacolles
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Marli has been an Adjunct Instructor at COC since 2005 and she has been in the early childhood field for over 20 years. Marli currently works full time for a child care company called Bright Horizons Family Solutions and has been there for over 15 years. She has had various roles with Bright Horizons including: Assistant Director, Director, Senior Recruiter, and is currently a Regional Manager where she oversees 6 centers in West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and Ontario areas. Prior to working at Bright Horizons Marli worked in military child care programs where she was a Training and Curriculum Specialist and a Family Child Care Director. Marli has a BA in Child Development from California State University, Northridge and has taken various graduate level courses at Cal Lutheran and Pacific Oaks. Marli is very passionate about helping students by not only preparing them to work with children and families, but to also prepare them for a career as future professionals in the workplace. 
Personally, Marli has lived in Santa Clarita for over 10 years, is married, and has a teenage daughter and teenage son who are both involved in sports. She enjoys working out, watching her children’s sports games, and spending a lot of time with her family and friends.


Lisa Wilson

Lisa Marie Wilson is an adjunct faculty member of the Early Childhood Education department at College of the Canyons.  Lisa also teaches at Santa Monica City College in the Early Childhood Education department.  She also is the Program Director of a preschool in Santa Monica and a professional development specialist for Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge pilot in Los Angeles County. Lisa is passionate about advocating for young children and her families therefore she has been a chair for Child Care & Early Education Task Force as well as an active member of Community Voices. Lisa has worked in the field of early childhood education for 18 years.  Lisa comes to the ECE department with a Master’s in Education with an emphasis Multicultural Curriculum and Instruction.  She started her journey in early childhood education as a teacher’s assistant and worked her way up to a program director.  Lisa has led two programs through NAEYC and NAA accreditations. Lisa also has experience working in group homes as an administrator.  Lisa lives in Hawthorne with her fiancé Andre and their children, Kevin, Essence, Dreshawn, and Antoinette. 

Michelle Hancock

Michelle Hancock is an adjunct faculty member of the Early Childhood Education department at College of the Canyons. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Michelle most recently moved to the area from Eureka, California where she worked as the Director of their NAEYC Accredited Child Development Center and Lab School and taught as an adjunct faculty member. Michelle has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. Teaching community college students and helping make higher education accessible for child care providers already working in the field is a passion for her. Michelle lives in Los Angeles with her husband, a full-time pastor, and their four children.






Krisna Escobar


Krisna Escobar is an adjunct faculty member of the Early Childhood Education department at College of the Canyons. She comes to the department with a Masters in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College. She has over 10 years’ experience working with children, families and community initiative programs that focus on at-risk populations, early childhood education and mental health/disability  intervention services.  She displays a passion for the field of early education and psychology by becoming involved in various local and national organizations that seek to empower and build ally relationships that create social change.
Krisna teaches as an adjunct instructor at Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, where her expertise aims to focus upon issues of cultural & bicultural identity development, heritage culture, diversity issues, empowerment and progressive pedagogy, and has done so since 2012. She is currently pursuing her PHD in International Psychology with an emphasis in Organizational Systems & Trauma Services through the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is a single mother to a teenage son and lives in Burbank CA.


Lisa Prince


Lisa Prince is an adjunct faculty member of the Early Childhood Education department at College of the Canyons. She has taught in Early Childhood Education in Title V Programs, LAUP Programs, School District Programs and non-profit, Progressive Programs and assisted in the opening of COC’s Canyon Country Early Childhood Center. She is a Mentor Teacher who is dedicated to instilling the importance of developmentally appropriate practice and providing students with a positive, supportive and enriching early education experience. Lisa began her career in Early Childhood Education at College of the Canyons and has gone on to earn her BA in Liberal Studies from Chapman University and her Masters in Education-Leadership in Early Childhood Education from Brandman University.

Originally from New York, Lisa and her husband are long time residents of the Santa Clarita Valley. She has two grown sons who are also alumni of College of the Canyons. She enjoys traveling, gardening, cooking, motorcycling and skydiving.