Faculty


Paul Wickline
Dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences
paul.wickline@canyons.edu
(661) 362-3152

​Paul Wickline has served as the Dean for the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences since 2015. Previously, he was a faculty member and served as the department chair of the theatre program at College of the Canyons from 2008-2015. In 2009, he received a Meritorious Achievement Award from the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival for directing Noises Off.

Wickline also served as the SLO Coordinator from 2010-2015, president of the Academic Senate in 2014-15 and the Vice President from 2012-2014. Prior to coming to College of the Canyons, he served as the Artistic Director of the Walla Walla Community College theatre program (2003-2007). He was an adjunct faculty member at Central Washington University and The Evergreen State College and a high school English, speech and drama teacher from 1995-2003. In 2003, he received district wide recognition as an outstanding educator receiving a Staff Achievement Grant. Wickline has served on an IEPI Partnership Resource team, several accreditation teams and as the statewide Academic Senate appointee to the WICHE Interstate Passport project. In 2014, Paul was selected as a faculty fellow for the AAC&U Faculty Collaboratives project.

Wickline received his BA in Education with endorsements in Theatre and English from Western Washington University and an ME(Master Teacher in Theatre) from Central Washington University. In 2013 he completed the Certificate in Community College Professional Leadership at Claremont Graduate University.

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Cindy Stephens
Professor & Department Chair of Early Childhood Education
cindy.stephens@canyons.edu
(661) 362-3512

​Cindy 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 2001.
 
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, California Community College Early Childhood Educators (CCCECE) Secretary, and serves on the LA County Partnerships for the Education, Articulation and Collaboration of Higher Education (PEACH) which is an advocacy group that is tasked with elevating the field of Early Childhood. She serves on the following committees at COC – Curriculum Committee, Committee of Assessing Student Learning, IE2, and College Planning Team.

In addition to her role as faculty, she is currently the Department Chair of the Early Childhood Department which affords her many opportunities to serve students, faculty and the institution. What she enjoys most about this work is sharing her experience and strength with her colleagues.

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: “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” –modified from Charles Swindell
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​Jennifer Paris is a full-time faculty member of the Early Childhood Education Department.  She previously taught Child Development courses as an adjunct for Rio Hondo College in Whittier for 11 years, MiraCosta College in Oceanside for 6 years, and Cerritos College in Norwalk for 3 years. Her special interests include OER (open educational resources) and online teaching. She has cared for and taught children of all ages and had experiences throughout her schooling in campus Child Development lab schools.

Jennifer received her B.A. in Family and Consumer Sciences: Child Development/Early Childhood Education from Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska and her M.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

Jennifer is the proud mother of girl/boy twins that keep her quite busy and on a continual mission of self-improvement. As a roller coaster enthusiast with budding thrill riders, she is excited to have Magic Mountain so close. She is excited to have found her professional home and to be able to concentrate her time and energy contributing to Early Childhood Education Department and College of the Canyons.
Jennifer Paris
Full-Time Faculty | Early Childhood Education
jennifer.paris@canyons.edu
(661) 362-3508
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Wendy Ruiz is a full-time faculty member of the Early Chlidhood Education Department. She was previously 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.

Wendy currently resides in Saugus, with her husband Robert and her three boys Ryan, Riley and Ramsey.
Wendy Ruiz
Full-Time Faculty | Early Childhood Education
wendy.ruiz@canyons.edu
(661) 362-3333
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April has been teaching in the preschool setting since 2003. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Child Care Administration and a Master’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences from California State University Northridge. All the classrooms that she has been a teacher in have been inclusion. She has experience working with children who have a variety of special needs  For five years of her teaching experience she worked with the children and their families as well as taught college students how to plan and implement activities in the classroom, write developmental assessments, and  write parent conferences. She strongly believes in the developmental approach when it comes to working with children. She knows that every child grows at their own pace and it is very exciting to see when they discover a new skill.
April Alvarez
april.alvarez@canyons.edu
Adjunct Faculty | Early Childhood Education
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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.


Kristin Beeve

kristin.beeve@canyons.edu
Adjunct Faculty | Early Childhood Education
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Jennifer has worked passionately with young children and their families for over seven years.

Jennifer currently works as an Early Head Start Home Visitor, servicing at-risk families in the Santa Clarita Valley and San Fernando Valley.

Previously, Jennifer has worked as a Lead Infant Teacher with Bright Horizons, a Toddler and Preschool Teacher with the Burbank Community YMCA, an Infant Toddler Teacher with Village Infant Toddler and a Toddler Teacher with KinderCare.


Jennifer began her educational journey at Pierce College in Woodland Hills where she got her A.A. in Child Development. This is where her passion for working with young children really blossomed. Jennifer then received her B.A. in Human Development with a specialization in Infant / Toddler Development from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, CA. She then went on to get her M.A. in Human Development with a specialization in Leadership in Education and Human Services.

Jennifer Behrman
jennifer.behrman@canyons.edu
Adjunct Faculty | Early Childhood Education
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Emily Elam
emily.elam@canyons.edu
Adjunct Faculty | Early Childhood Education

Emily Elam has been working with children for several years and has worked in many different settings with children, especially children ages 0-5. She has been a preschool teacher working in both the private preschools as well as Head Start.

Emily worked with hospitalized children during an internship with UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital, in the Child Life program. Emily received her B.A. in Child Development, Summa Cum Laude from Mount Saint Mary’s University and continued to receive her M.S. Child Development degree from the University of LaVerne.

In addition, Emily was awarded the Child Development Excellence award at Mount Saint Mary’s University. She has worked as a child development specialist, working with children ages zero to three with developmental delays through play therapy.

Emily’s other passions include teaching adults in a variety of settings, thus impacting the children they work with. Emily truly loves working with exceptional children and it is her passion to help families, teachers and students in their understanding of child development and how to help children with disabilities.

Emily actively participates and enjoys speaking at many conferences about child development and children with different abilities. She currently resides in Santa Clarita, CA with her husband and two children. Emily enjoys going places with her family and snacking on delicious food.
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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.
Sharon Eyrich
sharon.eyrich@canyons.edu
Adjunct Faculty, Curriculum Coordinator | Early Childhood Education
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Kelly Field is an adjunct faculty member of the Early Childhood Education department at College of the Canyons as well as California State University, Northridge.

Kelly is a highly energetic and enthusiastic individual dedicated to providing quality education to those seeking careers and education in Child Development.

After five years of working with preschool and kindergarten-aged children in a variety of environments and two years of research and data collection in childcare facilities, she looks forward to sharing her experience and knowledge with others.

Her research focused on the failure of California's child care laws to protect children and encourage quality care, with an emphasis on how classroom crowding and noise volumes cause stress in young children.
Kelly Field
kelly.field@canyons.edu
Adjunct Faculty | Early Childhood Education
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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.
Michelle Hancock
michelle.hancock@canyons.edu
Adjunct Faculty | Early Childhood Education
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Rebecca Laff is an adjunct faculty member of the Early Childhood Education Department at College of the Canyons. She has been in the field for over 10 years working in a variety of early childhood education settings including; Head Start, Bright Horizons, University lab, private religious, and private community schools. In addition to working as an adjunct faculty member at COC, Rebecca also teaches Child Development at Cal State, Dominguez Hills and works as a part-time preschool teacher.

Over the course of her career, Rebecca has worked with children and families in both the classroom setting as well as in administration and she is a long-standing member of the NAEYC. She earned her B.A. degree in Child and Adolescent Development and her M.S. degree in Family Studies both from Cal State, Northridge. Currently, Rebecca is completing her PhD in Education from Pepperdine University.

Rebecca was born and raised in the Santa Clarita Valley and now lives in Calabasas with her two daughters, Sequoia and Cassiopeia, and their two cats, Chicken and Smokey.

Rebecca Laff
rebecca.laff@canyons.edu
Adjunct Faculty | Early Childhood Education
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Along with teaching at COC, Michael 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.
Michael Mansfield
michael.mansfield@canyons.edu
Adjunct Faculty | Early Childhood Education
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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!”
Gina Peterson
gina.peterson@canyons.edu
Adjunct Faculty | Early Childhood Education
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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.
Lisa Prince
lisa.prince@canyons.edu
Adjunct Faculty | Early Childhood Education
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Antoinette Ricardo is an adjunct faculty member of the Early Childhood Education Department at College of the Canyons. She has been working in the field of early childhood and adolescent education for the past 10 years. She has experience working with both children that are typically developing and those with special needs, specifically children and teens with emotional disturbances.

Prior to working at COC, she worked for a court ordered program counseling domestic violence and child abuse victims. She is a certified trainer in Non-violent Crisis Prevention Intervention (NCPI) and is in the process of becoming a Certified Family Trauma Professional (CFTP).

Antoinette received her B.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences with an emphasis in Family Service and her M.S. in Family Studies, with an emphasis in Family Trauma and Resiliency. She is a certified Zumba instructor and enjoys hiking, dancing, traveling, and spending time with her wonderful family. Antoinette currently resides in Santa Clarita with her husband, Andres and their son, Manolo.
Antoinette Ricardo
antoinette.ricardo@canyons.edu
Adjunct Faculty | Early Childhood Education
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After several years teaching various education workshops at COC, April Riley joined the team at College of the Canyons as an adjunct faculty instructor in 2016.

Prior to teaching at College of the Canyons, April worked as an elementary school teacher where she served as a mentor teacher to both new an aspiring teachers.  It was this work that made her realize that her love for teaching went beyond working with children and she began working with adults entering the field of education.

April Riley has an MA in Education and attended COC herself prior to transferring to obtain her Bachelors and Masters Degree. She is a product of the Santa Clarita School system and enjoys working in the community in which she was raised.  April currently resides in Santa Clarita with her husband and three young children.
April Riley
april.riley@canyons.edu
Adjunct Faculty | Early Childhood Education
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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.
Marli Sacolles
marli.sacolles@canyons.edu
Adjunct Faculty | Early Childhood Education
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Ashlei Snead has been working in the field of Early Childhood Education for 15 years.

Her experience with children ranges from birth to elementary school and includes supporting children with special needs. She has worked in multiple school settings and believes in lifelong learning.

Ashlei is currently the Director of a Preschool in San Fernando Valley and is an adjunct faculty member here in the Early Childhood Education department at College of the Canyons.

She has her Bachelor's degree in Child and Adolescent Development and her Master’s degree in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education from California State University - Northridge.

Ashlei lives in San Fernando Valley with her husband and their two girls.
Ashlei Snead
ashlei.snead@canyons.edu
Adjunct Faculty | Early Childhood Education
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Clinton Springer has been working as an early childhood educator for 6 years. During his time as a teacher, he has held many roles and responsibilities ranging from an assistant to a master teacher. He has worked at various schools such as lab schools and progressive, nature-based schools, each offering a unique learning experience for him as an educator. Through his work and studies, he has become a staunch believer in the necessity of play in all stages of life, particularly for young children. Clinton’s primary goal as an educator is to provide children with environments where they are given the right to choose their experiences, where teachers honor those decisions, and where children simply have fun. It is with these goals in mind that Clinton believes that a child’s development will flourish. He seeks to bring many of these educational tactics into the adult classroom, where students will learn through fun, hands-on experiences.

Clinton received his BA in Psychology, with a minor in Child and Family Studies at California State University, Long Beach. While working at the CSULB lab preschool as a master teacher, Clinton mentored practicum students, taught in the preschool, and completed his Master’s degree in Education, with an option in Early Childhood Education from California State University, Long Beach.
Clint Springer
clinton.springer@canyons.edu
Adjunct Faculty | Early Childhood Education
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Along with teaching at COC, Lisa also teaches at Santa Monica City College in the Early Childhood Education department.  She also is the owner of two preschools, one in Santa Monica and one in los Angeles. Lisa also owns a staffing agency for early childhood educators. 

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 over 2 decades. Lisa comes to the ECE department with a Master’s in Education with an emphasis Multicultural Curriculum and Instruction and she is defending her EdD in curriculum and instruction in the fall 2017. 

She started her journey in early childhood education as a teacher’s assistant and worked her way up to a preschool owner. Lisa has led two programs through NAEYC and NAA accreditations.

Lisa also has experience working in group homes as an administrator.  Lisa lives in Canyon Lake with her partner Andre and their children, Kevin, Essence, Dreshawn, and Antoinette.
Lisa Wilson
lisa.wilson@canyons.edu
Adjunct Faculty | Early Childhood Education