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.
|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|
|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|
|Member||National Association for the Education of Young Children|
|Mentor Educator||California Early Childhood Mentor Program|
|Child & Adolescent Development||General Expertise|
|Curriculum and Program Development||Online|
|Early Childhood Education||Learning through Play|
|Higher Education||Teaching Adult Learners|
|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.
|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|