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Ifthika  Nissar

#231 Ifthika Nissar, Class of 1994 and 1996
(A.A. in Early Childhood Education (ECE) at COD in 1994 A.A. in Economics at COD in 1996. Adjunct Instructor for the last 12 years. )

Shining Story by Shine Nissar: Earning a college degree was a childhood dream for me when I was growing up in Sri Lanka. This dream became a reality when I earned my first A.A. in Early Childhood Education (ECE) at COD in 1994 upon migrating to the U.S. in 1990. I began my career in the profession of ECE as a lab student at the McCarthy Family Child Development and Training Center back in 1992.

This strong foundation from the Child Development Center paved the path for me to climb the career ladder to the top and pursue the highest degree. In the last 25 years I have served as a Teachers’ Assistant, Teacher, Site Supervisor, and Program Director and worked with typical students and students with special needs in the public school system. I went on and earned five degrees (2 A.A. Degrees at COD, 1 B.A. in Child Development and 1 M.A. in Early Childhood Special Education at California State University Northridge and 1 M.A. in Educational Administration). Currently I am pursuing my doctoral degree at California State University San Bernardino and plan to graduate in June 2015 with my Ed.D. My research topic is: Assessing the Quality of the Head Start Curriculum in order to Improve the Preschool Curriculum for Students with Special Needs.

The opportunity to serve as an adjunct instructor in 2003 allowed me to come full circle. Becoming a full time professor at COD is my next goal. I absolutely enjoy teaching ECE courses to our future teachers who will impact the lives of our youngest members in our community: our children.