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Sandra Shaw

#206 Sandra Shaw, Student, Staff
(ECE Specialist and student.)

I graduated from Palm Springs High School in 1970. I went to Northern Arizona University and graduated with a BA in Elementary Education/Learning Disabilities. I traveled around the world for 17 years with my Air Force husband, living in six states and three countries. During our traveling years I began working in early childhood centers, and discovered that THIS was my passion and avocation. In July of 1991, I moved back to Palm Springs to be with my family and the familiar and comforting San Jacinto mountains. Within a few days of returning I read in The Desert Sun about a new Child Development Center that had opened on the COD campus. I dropped by in between summer sessions, spoke to the director and began working at the center in September 1991. As they say in clichés all over the world “I was home”.

During the next ten years, I took ECE classes, became a mentor teacher for the ECE lab students, worked as the assistant director, supervised the evening program, and was interim director for three months. In 2001 I went to teach Kindergarten in a private school, still here in the desert. While teaching Kindergarten, I continued being a mentor for the ECE program as well as an adjunct faculty for COD.

In 2013, my career took another turn and I thought retirement was a “good idea”. And it was, for about a year. Then lo and behold I once again stopped in at the now McCarthy Family Child Care Center and spoke again to the Director, and in January 2014 came back to my old stomping grounds as a long-term sub in the Toddler program. I became full-time, permanent Toddler Teacher in September and have had the added joy of working in the new ECE building that also has two new "state of the art", toddler classrooms! I am currently a student taking a long missed ECE class. Talk about full-circle! And it only took 23 years! WELCOME HOME!