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Sunita Dhaimade

#214 Sunita Dhaimade, Class of 1996
(AA Early Childhood Education Child Development Specialist )

In March 1992, along with my family, I moved to the U.S.A. as my husband's family was settled here. I started my career as a Medical Assistant in a Doctor's office. After a couple of months, I decided to take classes at College of the Desert (COD) to become a teacher. I had my Bachelors of Art and Bachelors of Education degrees from India. While I was taking the classes at COD one of my professors came to know that I was a teacher in India. So she told me to visit and talk to the Director at the McCarthy Family Child Development Resource Training Center. After talking with the Director, Jan Barnett, who later became my Mentor, I started to work as student worker. I got my AA Degree in Early Childhood Education in 1996. Later on I worked as a Child Development Technician. This position gave me the confidence that I could pursue my career as an Infant Toddler Teacher. When a full time Specialist position came open, I applied for this position at the Center in October 1998. I have been here for 15 years. It's amazing working with children. Watching them grow and develop into little individuals is the most rewarding benefit. McCarthy Center at COD has given me a privilege of teaching and interacting with children during their most vital developmental years. My job gives me a tremendous amount of pleasure by working with children every day, being a Mentor to ECE students, and continuing my professional growth and development. I am thankful to COD for giving me this opportunity.