Cerro Coso Community College

CDC Staff

Heidi Allen, Teacher

Heidi Allen has been a teacher at Cerro Coso Child Development Center since 1998 and has taught preschool for about 26 years here in Ridgecrest.

She currently holds a Master Teacher Permit through the California Department of Education. She attended Cerro Coso Community College to pursue her education in early childhood education after graduating from Burroughs High School.

Heidi brings a love of the outdoors to her daily curriculum. She fully utilizes the concept of expanding the outside environment to become like the inside. She has lived in Ridgecrest since 1974 and enjoys it (even the hot summers!!) Heidi has a love of literacy which is evident in her classroom environment. She has an assortment of developmentally appropriate books that she brings in that enhances her daily lessons.

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Stephanie Beck, Teacher

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Stephanie Beck began working at the Cerro Coso Child Development Center in 1995 as a student worker. She holds her Teacher permit through the California Department of Education. Through the years she was encouraged to take the required courses to become a teacher. She spent a year as an associate teacher and continued her course work, eventually becoming a teacher. She has worked with all age groups 3 months to the start of kindergarten.

Stephanie uses themes in an emergent curriculum to develop the whole child. One month the dramatic play area may turn into a castle, the next month a grocery store. Through the variety of activities offered within the classroom theme all children are challenged at a developmentally appropriate level.

Sara Buystedt, Substitute Teacher

Sara Buystedt has been a teacher substitute at Cerro Coso Child Development Center since 2013. She has a BS in Early Childhood Education. She has worked with children birth to age 5, with her favorite age group being the infants and toddlers.

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Annette Champion, Associate Teacher

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Annette (Annie) Champion began working at the Cerro Coso Child Development Center as a student worker. She graduated from Cerro Coso with an AS in Social Science and an AA in General Education. After graduating and no longer working daily with children she decided that she wanted to continue working in the child development field and began taking to classes to receive her AS in Child Development. She was hired as an associate teacher in 2011. Annie holds her Teacher permit through the California Department of Education.

Annette has a love of gardening that she shares with the children in the classroom and the whole center. She has created working gardens for the past two years, growing a variety of vegetables, herbs and even a few fruits. The children help with the daily tasks of maintaining a garden and are able to harvest the garden to eat the product they have grown. Throughout the gardening process children are exposed to concepts such as counting, taking turns, life cycles and cause and effect.

Joana Galvez, Associate Teacher

Joana Galvez began working with the Cerro Coso Child Development Center in 2009 as an Associate teacher. Her career in child development began in 1997 and she has had the privilege of working with children 3 weeks to school-age. Upon becoming employed as an associate teacher, Joana continued taking courses. She currently holds a Master Teacher’s permit through the California Department of Education and is in pursuit of her Site Supervisor Permit.

Joana challenges each child developmentally by asking them open ended questions about the activities they are engaged in. She gets them thinking on their own to come up with answers that are more detailed than yes or no, allowing each child to engage in the activities at their own level of development.

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Jessica Krall, Teacher/Interim Site Supervisor

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Jessica Krall began working at the Cerro Coso Child Development Center in 2004 as a student worker/ associate teacher. She became a teacher in August of 2004. She graduated with her AS in Child Development from Cerro Coso in 2003 and her BA in Early Childhood Education in 2011 from National University. She holds her Program Director permit through the California Department of Education.

Parvin Paymanian, Teacher

Parvin Paymanian has been working with children at the Cerro Coso Child Development Center since 1994. Prior to working at the CDC, Parvin worked with preschoolers in New Mexico.

Parvin went to school and received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing. After working as a nurse for a while she decided that it was not the career path for her and began taking classes to become a teacher. She holds a Master Teacher Permit through the California Department of Education.

Parvin’s classroom is full of music and energy and her love for academics is shown through the various activities that she plans for them. Through activities based around the whole child, the children are able to engage in hands on developmentally appropriate opportunities that encourage their individual growth and development.

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Kimberlee Scott, Associate Teacher

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Kimberlee Scott began working as a student intern at the Cerro Coso Child Development Center in 2009 after leaving the medical field. She continued to finish her course work in child development and gained experience working in a classroom. In 2010, Kim was hired as an associate teacher. She has her teacher permit through the California Department of Education. Kim has two Associate Degrees from Cerro Coso Community College.

Kimberlee provides a respectful atmosphere for the children were they are able to explore independently. She facilitates their learning by scaffolding their development in appropriate ways. Kimberlee’s love of literacy is shown when she uses stories to enhance an emergent curriculum.

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