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Welcome to Austin Community College

Meet Our Staff

Classroom Teachers and Assistant Teachers must meet educational and experiential requirements that prepare them to work with children and families as well as our adult students. In addition to the full-time classroom staff, hourly and work study student employees assist throughout the center in the classrooms, kitchen and at the front desk. Hourly staff in our program range in educational and experiential background. Some of our hourly staff are currently enrolled in or graduated from the ACC Child Development program. When hourly staff is hired, some child development or early childhood coursework, as well as experience in a classroom setting, is preferred. In hiring staff we also strive to reflect the diversity of our families and the community in which we live - including ethnic, cultural, gender and age diversity.

Some classrooms also have a Foster Grandparent volunteer who works with the children under the supervision of full-time staff.

All staff and volunteers participate regularly in required training such as CPR and first aid, administration of medication, SIDS, Shaken Baby Syndrome and brain development. In addition, annual professional development hours also include topics like guidance and discipline, ethics, diversity, growth and development, teamwork, abuse and neglect, curriculum, assessment and special needs.

Sunbeams

  • 8 children
  • 2 teachers
  • 2:8 ratio
  • 6 months-17 months

Patina (Tina) Gamez

Position:Teacher Infant/Toddler

Date Started at ACC: March 2001

Started working with Children: 1981

Education: AAS in Child Development - Austin Community College

 

Shannon Saldana

Position: Assistant Teacher Infant/Toddler

Date Started at ACC: May 2005

Started working with Children: 2000

Education: AAS in Child Development - Austin Community College

Moons

  • 10 children
  • 2 teachers
  • 2:10 ratio
  • 18 months-30 months

June Yeatman

Position:Teacher Infant/Toddler

Date Started at ACC: August 1995

Started working with Children: 1980

Education: MEd in Curriculum and Instruction specializing in Early Childhood Education - University of Texas

Gloria Perez

Position:Assistant Teacher Infant/Toddler

Date Started at ACC: August 2004

Started working with Children: 1989

Education: AAS in Child Development- Austin Community College

Stars

  • 12 children
  • 2 teachers
  • 2:12 ratio
  • 2 ½ years-3 ½ years

 

Jennifer Thomas

Position:Teacher 2 ½ - 3 ½ years

Date Started at ACC: March 1984

Started working with Children: 1980

Education: BA in Elementary Education - Houston-Tillotson

Claudia Rodrigues

Position: Assistant Teacher 2 ½ - 3 ½ years

Date Started at ACC: November 2009

Started working with Children: 2001

Education: AAS in Child Development- Central Texas College

Planet Earth

  • 14 children
  • 2 teachers
  • 2:14 ratio
  • 3 ½ years - 5 years

 

Chris Owens

Position:Teacher 3 ½ - 5 year olds

Date Started at ACC: May 2000

Started working with Children: 1975

Education: BA in Humanities - New College of California with additional courses in child development from ACC

 

Becky Olivarez

Position: Assistant Teacher 3 ½ - 5 years

Date Started at ACC: June 2005

Started working with Children: 1995

Education: AAS in Child Development - Austin Community College

 

Floater

Sandi Polasek

Position: floater

Date Started at ACC:

Started working with Children: 1986

Education: Infant/Toddler and Preschool certificates

Milky Way

Evening Care 2 years - 10 years

 

Lesli Sparkman Williams

Position: Evening Care Coordinator

Date Started at ACC: October 2003

Started working with Children: 1984

Education: BS in Applied Learning and Development and BA in African and African American Studies - University of Texas

 

Administration

Dawn Leach

Position: Director, Lab School

Date Started at ACC: February 2000

Started working with Children: 1979

Education: BS in Child Development - University of Texas

Teri Layton

Position: Administrative Assistant

Date Started at ACC: January 1992

Started working with Children: 1992

Education: BA in Communications - Thomas Edison State University