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Dianne Young

Subject Expertise: Early Childhood - Math & Science
Education: MA in Education with Emphasis in Math and Science for Young Children from Fresno Pacific University; BS in Home Economics Education from University of Tennessee Martin; Teaching Credential in Early Childhood Education from Fresno State 
Hometown: Covington, TN, but lives in Visalia, CA today
Home Church: Central Christian Church, Covington, TN

Giving young children a good foundation and start in life is my passion. The teachers knowledge and skills have a direct effect on the success of the children in my care.  When working with adults in the early childhood field I am blessed to be able to share my knowledge and experiences with young children. It is so gratifying to see a student develop self-esteem and self confidence  and the feeling that they can do more than they think. One of my favorite sayings is: My teacher thought I could do it so I did. This is important for adult students as well as young children. 

Professional Experience: Preschool; Elementary school teacher - grade K, 2, 6, 7-12; Adjunct Instructor Fresno Pacific; Staff development workshop facilitator; Former AIMS Leadership Network; California Kindergarten Association board member

Personal Experience: Caps for Cancer; TC Council for Child and Youth Development

Scholarly Interests: Integrating cooking in all areas of the curriculum; Social and emotional development of young children

Honors and Awards: Elbow Creek Teacher of the Year

Publications: Kids Cooking - Series of 6 books focused on ideas and activities to promote cooking in the classroom

Recommended Reading: Freedom Writers

Favorite Bible Verse: Proverbs 22:6 ~ "Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it."

Favorite Music: Children's music; 60's music

Favorite Activities: Crocheting, Knitting, Quilting, Reading

Family Info: Married

What Matters: Providing young children with the skills they need to function as successful adults

Pet Peeves: People not following through with what they say they will do

What I Like About FPU: The fact that you can pray openly for and with anyone.