2013 ECD Team


Early Childhood Development Faculty-in-Residence Team
Singita Sabi Sand ECD/ Preschool Teacher Trainers (Mpumalanga)


Cary Larson-McKay
Pacific Oaks College



“ I strive to honor the diversity of persons and experiences I encounter every day, to learn from them, and to listen very carefully to the many voices that help me understand the world from points of view outside of my own narrow experience”.

 If the truth be told my most important education came directly from children—especially my twin sons. However, I understand that the question is really about my formal education. I started my formal post-secondary education at East Los Angeles College; it is a local community college in the Los Angeles area. There I took my first Child Development class and I was hooked! I transferred to California State University, Los Angeles for my Bachelor of Arts Degree, made a quick stop-out to have my sons, then, back to CSULA to obtain a Master’s Degree. I have to admit that my sons motivated me to go back to school to learn more. I felt way underprepared to be their mother.

I have had the privilege of working with all ages from infants to adults: directing an infant-toddler-parent education program, teaching preschool, coordinating a mother- child program for adolescent parents, I even taught 6th grade for a year before teaching part-time at the community college level for four different community colleges. My professional life has reflected the richness, stresses, strains, and the joys of working with many different people. I was included in the “Faculty Initiative Project” sponsored by the U. S. Department of Children, Adolescents, and Families with Wheelock College and Pacific Oaks College with 10 other teams from around the country developing approaches to working together within the field of Early Childhood Education.


Kathy Ramirez
Pacific Oaks College


I have always considered that working with children allows me to be at my best.  They are always learning and discovering new things each day.  How do things work? What makes things go?  These and many more are questions we should always be asking ourselves.  As I work with teachers they have a deep understanding of what is best for young children. The world is ever changing and learning from one another helps all of us gain a better understanding of each other.  The best teachers are the best learners and learning from children can give us a greater understanding of who we are in the learning process.”

Kathy Ramirez is the Executive Director of Village Infant/Toddler Center and Preschool located in Burbank, California. She’s also is an adjunct instructor at Pierce College and Pacific Oaks College. Kathy has been in the field of Early Childhood Education for 34 years.  She has a Master’s in Human Development with a specialization in Leadership in Education and Human Services with a sub-specialization in Supervision and Administration from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena.  She received her Bachelor’s in Human Development with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education from Pacific Oaks College as well.  She has served on the CAEYC’s State Board as Vice President, Affiliate Representative, 2009 Train the Trainers Chair and 2010’s CAEYC State Conference Chair. Her new position on the CAEYC Board is that of Professional Development Chair. She has served as President, Past-President, Secretary, VP Membership and Hospitality Chair at the local level of Southern California Valley AEYC.  Kathy is certified with PITC (Program for Infant and Toddler Caregivers) as well as being RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers) I and II certified.  Kathy has a passion for teaching teachers and she loves learning and gaining information from these teachers as well.  Her educational background and leadership experience has allowed her to do trainings at the National, State and local levels.  At the moment she has been focusing her time on learning all about children’s play and how we as educators can observe and learn from play.  In her down time she enjoys spending time with her 2 grown sons, daughter-in-law and her beautiful granddaughter.