Christina (Christy) Waterman is a Childhood Education professional and progressive education advocate. After spending several years as a Preschool and School Age Site Director, including positions with the Harry Pregerson Child Care Center in DTLA, the Child Education Center in La Canada, and the Burbank Community YMCA, she began working in the field of Higher education in 2017 with the aim of teaching at the college level to prepare Early Childhood Education professionals. She holds a BA in Psychology from Oklahoma State University and a MA in Child Development from Tufts University.
Christy grew up in the central Oklahoma city of Shawnee. She is an enrolled tribal member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma and also is of Creek (Muskogee) descent. She has worked with various tribal organizations as a student and as an education professional including the Iowa (pronounced I-oh-way) Tribe, Pawnee Nation Indian Child Welfare and Central Tribes of the Shawnee Area which is affiliated with the Absentee Shawnee Tribe, Kickapoo and Sac 'n' Fox Nations. It is with great pride and honor that she presents herself as a member of a culture rich in history, tradition and resilience.
|Bachelor of Arts, Psychology||Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK||2000|
|Master of Arts, Child Development||Tufts University, Medford, MA||2002|
|Memeber||National Association for the Education of Young Children|
|Please describe your teaching philosophy.|
Teaching Philosophy Statement:
Early Childhood Education provides an opportunity to empower students with a
fundamental knowledge base for educating and developing learning environments for
young children based on an understanding of the characteristics and needs of early
childhood. Students should be presented not only established theories of child
development but practical contexts in order to actively engage children and families in
educational experiences that integrate and apply their knowledge, extend learning and
offer collaboration to involve families as co-constructors of children’s early learning and
development. Learning experience should be characterized by inquiry, self-reflection,
collaboration with others in relevant and meaningful problem-solving, extensions of
knowledge and acknowledgment of multiple influences on children’s development and
learning. The importance of developing respectful and reciprocal relationships must be
emphasized to create supportive and challenging learning environments that consider
cultural, social, emotional and other diverse factors that influence and contribute a
child’s development throughout their lifetime.