Cerro Coso holds a special place in its heart for those who not only care for children but play a significant role in helping them to learn, develop, and grow.
Like so many of our college staff and faculty, Parvin Paymanian started at the college in 1996 as a student worker in the Child Development Center. After serving 2 years as a student worker, Parvin’s enthusiasm for children landed her a position as an Associate Teacher and later a promotion to Teacher.
There is a significant difference between a day care provider and a Child Development Teacher. The latter possesses specific education and experience that allows them to better understand what motivates and makes children respond to specific situations. “It’s a science with proven theories and practices which provide the building blocks on which to base lesson plans to help children achieve,” said college president Jill Board. Parvin worked hard to motivate the young people in her care, while helping them to find joy and success in each and every day.
She shared a story of a little boy who would only let her put him down for a nap, “children are very tender,” she said, “one day it was nap time and as I encouraged this little boy to rest he told me he was going to marry me. I said okay but after his nap.” What Parvin later learned was that his mother was getting married that very weekend and what the child was experiencing at home was transferring into his relationships at school.
Not only did Parvin serve as a guide that leads little people down new paths, she walked alongside her coworkers and student on their journey through the Child Development field. Working and guiding children takes creativity, flexibility, and a great sense of humor. Children need freedom and respect, training to take risks, and opportunities to find their own strength. All of which Parvin has provided with incredible expertise and commitment. Her ability to communicate with the children in ways that are age appropriate, culturally sensitive, inclusive and positive, have helped a large number of children in her care build self-esteem and confidence. Parvin was really comfortable relating to the needs of the children, enjoyed spending time with them, and motivated them to do great things. Children are known for running around with tons of excess energy, and keeping up with them is physically challenging. Something Parvin has masterfully managed for 20 years. With quiet confidence, she has served as a mentor and a role model for so many students, staff, and children.
“We thank you for your dedicated service to the college and to the children, many of which have grown up and returned to take classes form us,” concluded Board.