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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Mentor Teacher Program: Deborah King

Deborah King

My name is Deborah King and I have worked in the field of early childhood education for the past 17 ½ years as a head teacher at the Child Development Center. During the time I have been teaching, I have been able to continue my education and earn a Bachelor’s degree in Child, Adolescence and Family Studies as well as a Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in Child Development. I currently hold a Site Supervisor permit from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

It had always been my desire to work with children in some capacity and that dream became a reality for me in 1995. I applied for an assistant position at Antelope Valley Community College Child Development Center and was hired. By the end of the fall session of 95’ I was asked by the director if I would be interested in being a teacher working with 2 year olds. In the beginning I worked with the two year olds and then worked half day with the two’s and the other half with the infants. I spent Fourteen years specializing in infant/toddler care. I am currently working with children ages 3 and 4.

It has been very gratifying to work at a facility which promotes learning in the field of early childhood education. I believe being a part of a lab school has given me so many opportunities to work with some amazing people who are aspiring to become the best in their field of expertise. It is such a privilege to work with the children and adults teaching them at the same time. I have been a mentor teacher for five years and it has been such an honor for me to help the students on their journey to becoming early childhood professionals. Being a California Early Childhood Mentor Teacher has taught me to be more flexible with the children and the students who are working on projects in the classroom. It has been very exciting for me to work with the children and their families, as well as adult students for so many years. My passion for learning and my desire to make a difference in the lives of children and my community is why I am a teacher.