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UCR Early Childhood Services Staff   


 

About Our Staff

The staff is a team made up of Child Development professionals consisting of lead teachers, teaching assistants, the director, early childhood education interns, a music teacher and clerical personnel.

All teachers and teaching assistants hold a valid Child Development permit issued by the State of California Commission on Teaching Credentialing, and all are employees of the University of California, Riverside. Our highly educated team has earned a total of two Masters degrees, 20 Bachelors degrees, nine Associate degrees, and 11 trade/craft degrees.

 

Student-Adult Ratio

Adult ratios in the classroom follow Title 5 of the Education Code, State of California Department of Education.

All teaching staff participate in on-going professional development through attendance at workshops, training and college coursework which are required to maintain and renew teaching credentials.

Program Offered Ages Adult Ratio
Infant 2 - 18 months 1:4; Class Size 8
Toddler 18 - 30 months 1:4; Class Size 12
Preschool 30 months - 5 years  1:8 ; Class Size 24 OR 1:10; Class Size 20

 

Staff Bios: Management Staff

Our management staff has a combined 67 years experience in childhood development. Our experienced management team is a vital component to the growth and daily operations of Early Childhood Services.

 

 Renée Jacobs / Executive Director

My education focused on the Behavioral Sciences and Early Childhood Education, including a graduate business management tract. I have been successful in my leadership roles during my career by building strong teams that educate and assist children and families; while teaching sustainable empowerment for ongoing family success. I have experience in providing team leadership and day-to-day operations.

 

 Bonnie Bacon / Site Supervisor
bonnie.bacon@ucr.edu
(951) 827-3854

I graduated from the University of La Verne with a B.S. in early childhood development. I started at UCR in 2004 and have been in the field of early childhood education for 37 years. I currently hold a Child Development Director Permit.

 

 Kimberly Pixley / Site Supervisor
kimberly.pixley@ucr.edu
(951) 827-7454

I began my career in early childhood education in 1996 as an assistant preschool teacher and van driver for school-aged children. I received a Site Supervisor permit issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing in 2010. I began working at UCR’s Early Childhood Services as Site Supervisor in 2010.

 

  
 
 
Staff Bios: Administrative Staff

Our Administrative Staff are the driving force behind day-to-day operations, designed to help ECS flourish and grow. The administrators provide the necessary foundation for the advancement of Early Childhood Services.

 

 Davina Bailey / Enrollment Manager
(951) 827-4176
 
 

 

 Lesley Martinez / Enrollment Coordinator
lesley.martinez@ucr.edu
(951) 827-7465

I have been at UCR’s Early Childhood Services since 2006. I graduated from UCR in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. I have two children, Jayleen & Jayvian. My hobbies are to spend time with my children and husband, clean, workout and dance. I love my family and I love my job!

 

Staff Bios: Lead Teachers

ECS's lead teachers fill their days with the joys of caring for your children, while maintaining a positive, safe, and creative learning environment for everyone.

 

 Deanna Alvarran / Lead Teacher
deanna.alvarran@ucr.edu
(951) 827-7454

I have been working in the Child Development field for over 20 years, with 16 years at UCR Early Childhood Services (since 1996) and 12 years with preschool aged children. I have my Site Supervisor level permit, an A.A. in Early Childhood Studies and a B.S in Child Development. I love working with the kids as they always make me laugh and amaze me with their knowledge that they have and learn daily.

 

 Debra Badillo / Lead Teacher
debra.badillo@ucr.edu
(951) 827-3854

I have been teaching at UCR ECS since 2002. Before teaching at UCR, I taught Preschool at San Bernardino Valley College Early Childhood Services for six years. Preschool is a very important part of your child’s life long development. All children have the desire to explore, experiment, play, and learn. It is my responsibility to provide a stimulating, safe, creative and fun learning environment.

 

 Janice Bottemer / Lead Teacher
bonnie.bacon@ucr.edu
(951) 827-7454

I am starting my fifth year at UCR’s Early Childhood Services. I have over 30 years of experience in preschool. I have my bachelor’s degree from Cal Baptist University in liberal studies, with a concentration in early childhood.

 

 Anum Budiman / Lead Teacher
surianum.budiman@ucr.edu
(951) 827-7454

My name is Surianum Budiman and I am the Infant Room Lead Teacher. I have a B.A in Management from University of Sumatra Utara Indonesia and studied Early Child Development at Riverside Community College and UCR Extension. I have been working at UCR's Early Childhood Services for 12 years, since 2001, and have worked in the Child Development field with Infants and Toddlers for 23 years.

 

 Emily Jane P. Cardona / Lead Teacher
emily.cardona@ucr.edu
(951) 827-3854

I have been a teacher at UCR’s Early Childhood Services since 2009. I have been working in this field for over 12 years. I have an associate’s degree in child development and a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education.

 

 Marcie Ensign / Lead Teacher
marcie.ensign@ucr.edu
(951) 827-3854

I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. When my husband retired from the LAPD, we moved to Northern California for about 7 years. We came back down to Southern California in 1992, and I started working for UCR in 1999. I have worked for UCR for about fifteen years and thirteen of those years I have been in the Infant Room. I have my Master Teacher Certificate in Early Childhood Education.

 

 Cristina Galvez / Lead Teacher
cristina.galvez@ucr.edu
(951) 827-3854

I have been teaching since 2007 and working at UCR’s Early Childhood Services since September 2009. In the fall of 2010, I became the Lead Teacher for toddlers. I have worked with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-aged children. I have an associate degree in early childhood education and a California teacher’s credential.

 

 Crystal Godoy / Lead Teacher
crystal.godoy@ucr.edu
(951) 827-7454

My name is Ms. Crystal and I have a master’s degree in education and have been working within the preschool field for more than 15 years and at UCR ECS since 2011. I have worked with every age group from infant to the pre-k classrooms. I love working with children and am excited about the upcoming year. I am a mother to four children, Zachary 14, Anthony 13, Domonic 12, and Cozette 10!!

 

 Diana Gonzalez / Lead Teacher
diana.gonzalez@ucr.edu
(951) 827-3854

I obtained a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from California Baptist University. I have been teaching for almost 15 years and have been at UCR since 2009.

 

 Rosamaria Rodriguez / Lead Teacher
rosamaria.rodriguez@ucr.edu
(951) 827-7454

I have a bachelor’s degree in child development and a Site Supervisor Permit. I have over 12 years of experience in this field working with infants through school-aged children and have been at UCR for almost five years as a Preschool and Toddler 2 Lead Teacher. I love knowing that once I arrive to work, I have lots of hugs waiting for me.

 

 Carmen Stark / Lead Teacher
carmen.stark@ucr.edu
(951) 827-7454

My Name is Carmen Stark. I'm married to a wonderful man, and we have two handsome sons and a beautiful granddaughter. I graduated from La Verne with a B.A. in Child Development. I hold my Director's Permit and am an advisor for UCR Cares Plus. I've been with ECS for 16 years (1998) and feel that this is the most rewarding and amazing profession that exists. All I can say is that I LOVE MY JOB!

 

 Kasey Timm / Lead Teacher
kasey.timm@ucr.edu
(951) 827-7454

I have been here at UCR’s Early Childhood Services since 1999. I have bachelor’s degree in liberal studies and have been in this field for 20 years.

 

Mamie White-Carter / Lead Teacher
mamie.white-carter@ucr.edu
(951) 827-3854

I graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Master’s Degree in Ed. Psychology. I have taught Kindergarten at ECS for the past 16 years, since 1998, and developed the format in which I use in the classroom. I have taught Kindergarten for the past 24 years in Riverside. I am married and have three children. My personal interests are gardening, walking, cooking and antiques.

 

Staff Bios: Teachers

For our teachers, providing a stimulating learning habitat is a top priority. Our teachers care for young children from infancy through kindergarten, while upholding the policies that ensure a safe and caring space for your children to thrive.

 

 Rachael Atwood / Teacher

I have had the pleasure of working at UCR’s Early Childhood Services since 2001. I have worked with infants, toddlers and two’s, and have had the experience of working in the school-aged summer camp program. I am going back to school to get my bachelor’s degree in child development.

 

 Ira Campos / Teacher

I have been at UCR’s Early Childhood Services since 2009. In that time, I have worked with infants, toddlers and now preschool. I have been teaching for over 20 years. I have taught children from infants to kindergarten. I enjoy reading, dancing and traveling.

 

 Zulma Diaz / Teacher

I have been working with children for 16 years, and I’ve been at UCR since 2007. I am planning on going back to school to further my education.

 

 Rochelle Walker / Teacher

I have an associate’s degree with emphasis on early childhood education and a bachelor’s degree in human services/social work. I also have a teacher child development permit through the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. I have been in this field for 18 years and at UCR since 2002.

 

 Gwyn Frost / Teacher

I came to UCR’s ECS when building B was opened in 2009. I've worked in many areas of the child development field for 35 years. Currently I am Teacher 1 in the Infant Room. I have a bachelor’s degree in recreation administration, an associate degree in social sciences. I have been married to Jim for 40 years. We have two adult children: Becky and Todd. We've lived in the house Jim's family built in 1905 since marriage. We are active in the community, Etiwanda Historical Society, Veterans Support activities, the City of Rancho Cucamonga and our church.

 

 Regina Gonzalez / Teacher

I’ve had the pleasure of working for UCR’s Early Childhood Services since 2010. I have over 10 years of experience as an early childhood educator. I hold an Early Childhood Site Supervisor Permit and associate degree in social behaviors studies with academic disciplines in early childhood education, fall 2014.

 

 Alma Guerrero / Teacher

I have 23 years of experience in early childhood education. I graduated in Guatemala City in 1981 with a certificate in early childhood with an emphasis on Maria Montessori philosophy. I have a teachers certificate in early childhood and am currently working on my associate degree on social behavior, with an emphasis on early childhood studies. I have been with UCR since 2011.

 

 Kim Hoeptner / Music Teacher

I was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1939! I attended Pomona College as a music major. I received a PHT (put hubby through) from Hastings Law School in 1963. I have taught kindergarten, first grade & junior college, but have loved preschool the best. I have taught preschool music at Trinity, Temple Beth El, and UCR’s Early Childhood Services for 15 years. I love silly songs! I have two daughters, Amy and Jill.

 

 Kamilah Jackson / Teacher

I am Ms. Kamilah Jackson, better known as “Ms.K.” I have a bachelor’s degree in American studies from the University of Southern Mississippi. I have been teaching early childhood for over 14 years and have been at UCR’s Early Childhood Services since 2010. I love dancing, shopping and being a mother of an awesome soccer player.

 

 Mariela Jeronimo / Teacher

I have been working at UCR’s Early Childhood Services since 2006. I hold a Teacher Permit.

 

 Alicia Kirkland / Teacher

I have been working at UCR’s Early Childhood Services since 2009, and have been in the field of early childhood for 17 years. I hold a California state teacher's permit and have my bachelor's degree in child development from the University of La Verne. I also have two amazing children, 19 and 18 years old, who have given me more experience in the field than all my education & work experience combined.

 

 Keiko Lee / Teacher

I have my associate degree in child development. I have taught children in preschool and kindergarten while living in Japan. I have been at UCR’s Early Childhood Services since starting work in August 2000 for practical training. After volunteering in kindergarten, I was offered a permanent position. I have a 4-year-old daughter who enjoys learning in Ms. Badillo’s classroom.

 

 Valerie Lerma / Teacher

I have worked in the early childhood education field for nine years (with eight of those years at UCR’s Early Childhood Services, since 2006.). I have a Site Supervisor permit and have completed 40 early childhood education units. My love for educating and engaging with young children has kept me in this field for so long.

 

 Julissa Martin / Teacher

I have a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Studies with a Concentration in Intervention from California Baptist University, an A.A. in Early Childhood Education and an A.S. in Behavioral Science. I have 10 years in early childhood experience, ranging from infants to pre-kindergarten, with two of those years as a behavioral assistant in special education. I have been with UCR’s Early Childhood Services since August 2009.

 

 Inma Martinez / Teacher

I have worked at UCR’s Early Childhood Services since October 2009. I have a California Teaching Credential and bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. I have been a preschool teacher for 18 years. It's my pleasure to be part of your children's life.

 

Julie Mendoza / Teacher

I have been working at UCR’s Early Childhood Services since 2006. I have been in the child development field for 14 years! I currently work in my favorite place — the infant room. It’s where I feel my best. I am looking to further my education by receiving my degree in sociology once I choose a school. I enjoy working with your children and watching them learn and grow.

 

 Graciela Orozco / Teacher

I have been working at UCR’s Early Childhood Services since 2006. I have a bachelor’s degree in administration of tourism from the University of Mexico. I hold a Site Supervisors Permit. ECS is a place where I get a lot of knowledge and new experiences on a daily basis, while giving the children all the best of me.

 

 Patty Paffrath / Teacher

I have been a teacher for 20 years. I have taught preschool at UCR’s Early Childhood Services since 1997. I have a Master's Teacher Permit.

 

 Luz Palomo / Teacher

I have a bachelor’s degree in early child development and teacher permit. I started my undergraduate studies in 2005 and I have been employed at UCR’s Early Childhood Services since 2008. My previous work experience was at Jurupa Valley School District as a teacher assistant. I have nine years of experience in this field.

 

 Martha Patanè / Teacher

I am married and I have three girls. I have been working in the field for 16 years and at UCR since 2004. I’ve worked with all ages from newborn to preschool. I like and enjoy my job. I like working as part of a team.

 

 Jean Reynolds / Teacher

I have been working at UCR’s Early Childhood Services since 1996. I have been in the child development field for 25 years. I have 48 early childhood education units and I hold a Site Supervisor level permit. I enjoy working with children.

 

 Mara Reytor / Teacher

I have been working at UCR Early Childhood Services for 11 years. I have a Teacher level permit and plan to upgrade my credential. I have had the opportunity to work with infants, toddlers, and toddlers two’s throughout the years allowing me to learn about each stage of development. Previous to working at ECS, I worked with preschool and pre-kindergarten ages as well as after-school-aged children.

 

 Michele Schager / Teacher

I graduated from California State Fullerton with a bachelor’s degree in child development in 1997. I have worked at UCR’s Early Childhood Services in a part-time capacity for about 11 or 12 years. Prior to working at UCR, I worked at Orange Coast College Harry & Grace Steele Children’s Center for six years. I have also volunteered for over 12 years at elementary schools, community events and the Special Olympics whenever I can. I currently hold a Site Supervisor Permit.

 

 Kimberlee Terrill / Teacher

I have been part of UCR Early Childhood Services for five years. I have been in the child care field for 13 years. I received my bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and currently have my site supervisor permit in early childhood education. I really enjoy working with children.

 

 

 

Staff Bios: Housekeeping Staff

Our Housekeeping Staff keep Early Childhood Services clean and safe for children, teachers, and parents. Without the housekeeping staff, our classrooms and facilities could not function as they do.

 

 Manny Sanchez / Extended Shift Supervisor
manny.sanchez@ucr.edu
(951) 786-0454

My name is Manny Sanchez, and I've been with UCR for twelve years. I am married and have one son, two step sons, two step daughters, and a grandchild whom I love spending time with. I also love pets - I have three Labradors, one Jack Russell Terrier, and two cats.

 

 Ricardo G Campos / Custodian

I'm Ricardo Campos and I've been with ECS for four years. I am married and have two daughters, one in college and one in high school. I enjoy spending time with my family, spending time outdoors, and going to car shows - I own two classic cars myself.

 

 Marcie Lucena / Custodian

My name is Marcie Lucena and I have been at UCR's ECS for eleven years. I have two children and two grandchildren. I enjoy spending time with my family, especially my grandchildren, and I love gardening.

 

 Marie Osborn / Custodian

My name's Marie Osborn and I've been with UCR for 15 years, mostly at the Lothian Residence Hall, but recently at ECS. I have five daughters, eighteen grandchildren, and two great grandsons. I really enjoy family functions, camping, and traveling abroad. I am also an active member of my church choir.

 

 Irma Zamora / Custodian

I am Irma Zamora, and I've been with UCR for four years working with campus apartments, but also for ECS. I have one daughter and two sons, and I love watching all types of movies: drama, action, suspense, etc. I enjoy spending most of my time with my children.

 



More Information

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

UCR Early Childhood Services
Campus Map

CDC South
Site Supervisor: Bonnie Bacon
Enrollment Manager: Davina Bailey
Tel: (951) 827-2666
Fax: (951) 827-3396
E-mail: ecs@ucr.edu

CDC North
Site Supervisor: Kimberly Pixley
Enrollment Manager: Davina Bailey
Tel: (951) 827-7454
Fax: (951) 827-7471
E-mail: ecs@ucr.edu

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