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Deanna Ochoa



Deanna Ochoa

Adjunct Faculty

School of Education
Pacific Oaks College
Address Map of 45 W Eureka Street Pasadena CA 91103
45 W Eureka Street
Pasadena, CA 91103

Deanna Ochoa has worked for 25 years in the early childhood field in various places, paid and volunteer positions, and worked with different curriculum, philosophies, programs, councils/associations, and clients. She is a leader and model among colleagues and for her professors in the Masters program. She has high standards and expectations but provides support in helping others obtain the desired outcomes. She has been a lead teacher, Parent Educator, Peer Adviser, Mentor Teacher, and just plain Mentor to others. She now serves the POC community as Senior Adjunct and also teaches on on ground course at a local community college. She endeavors to complete credentials, professional development, and experience that supports her in being a strong educator. Having the desire to mentor and educate others has led her to volunteer her services throughout Ventura County in the form of providing workshops and training's at local colleges, universities and forums. Through passion and love of work, she is a driven educator. Children are her drive and she seeks to preserve their right to play. Having an understanding that children can achieve outcomes through their natural desire to learn through play has never been a question for her but instead her plight. The concentration on play pedagogy, emergent curriculum, cognitive development. as well as, observations and authentic assessment are her forte and where her greatest passion lies.

Education History
Degree Institution Year
Bachelors in Early Childhood Studies California State University Channel Islands, Camarillo, California 2009
Masters in Early Childhood Education Concordia University Saint Paul, St. Paul Minnisota 2014
Professional Memberships
Role Organization
Member and Local affiliate Vice President National Association for the Education of Young Children
Mentor Teacher California Early Childhood Mentor Program
Child Development Program Director Permit, California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
California Clear Designated Subjects Credential -Adult Education, California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
Community Involvement
Role Organization
Member National Association for the Education of Young Children
Mentor Educator California Early Childhood Mentor Program
Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Child & Adolescent Development General Expertise
Curriculum and Program Development Online
Diversity General Expertise
Early Childhood Education Learning through Play
Higher Education Teaching Adult Learners
Social Justice Children
Question and Answer
Please describe your teaching philosophy.

The purpose of education and the role of the school are to support children and adults in becoming productive citizens of the world. Education has the power to transform not only an individual but entire nations. In the global view of the world, education is and should always be at the forefront of resources. Children are our greatest resource. Without investment in a nation's capital, its citizens, the nation will relinquish its greatness. The role of education is to advance society. Knowledge is power. Play-based early childhood programs are the critical link to a powerful nation.

If as educators we approach knowledge as something to be doled out in bits and pieces then we are not thinking the world together but are harboring knowledge. However, if we approach the relationship between teacher and learner as a journey, we will empower the minds of others and give power to their difference.

Title Location Date
Notre Dame Learning Center Thousand Oaks, CA 2012-2016
Child Development Resources Provider Forum & Child Development Conference 2012 VCOE Camarillo, CA 2012
Moorpark Community College Training Moorpark, CA 2010
CSUCI Social Justice Conference, Camarillo, CA 2009 & 2010
Child Development Resources Provider Forum, 2010 Camarillo, CA 2010
Continuing Development Incorporated Oxnard, CA 2010
Moorpark Community College Training Moorpark, CA 2009