|Even as an undergraduate at CAL I utilized my artistic side. My senior thesis was a video tape that I wrote and produced. (This was when all the machines were reel to reel: no BATA, no VHS, etc.) Two years later, I breiefly taught a creative drama class for preschoolers, making use of video again. But I digress . . .
I have been involved in education for more than 25 years, earning my elementary credential through the University of California at Berkeley, in 1973. From 1974 through 1981, I was a head teacher with the Berkeley Head Start Program. There I specialized in early childhood education and was awarded the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential. In 1981 I began my own early childhood program in the Elmwood section of Berkeley. A few years later I moved to the Rockridge area of Oakland and maintained my business until August of 1996. In the process, I have raised two marvelous children of my own - and I am proud of both of these young men. Recently I married a wonderful woman, Patti, and relocated to Petaluma. Shining Star Preschool and Child Care Program began in 1996 and is still going strong.
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Over the years I have led local, regional and national workshops in many areas of early childhood education and in operating a business. I am a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. I also have been certified as an American Red Cross instructor for first aid and I am certified in infant and child CPR.