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ECE faculty Cindy Stephens.  photo © Robin SpursCindy Stephens has spent over half of her life dedicated to her passion 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 Swindoll