Full-Time Professors

Tom Chiaromonte, Ph.D.





Expertise: Social emotional development in young children, burnout and teacher attitudes in early childhood educators, laboratory school administration, funded program administration, grant writing.

Courses Taught: CDES 120: Child Development, CDES 201: Child in the Home & Community

View Tom Chiaromonte Ph.D. Curriculum Vitae

Jennifer Kinkel, MA New full-time CDES Faculty member. August of 2016

Jenn Kinkel has been working with children and families for over 20 years in a multitude of roles.  Most recently, she worked at the Huntington Beach City School District as their Director of Early Childhood Education where she coordinated all of the district’s early learning programs for children between the ages of 0-5.  She currently serves on numerous boards and committees across the county.  Jenn completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Social Behavior at the University of California, Irvine, and earned her Master of Arts degree in Human Development at Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena.  She has specific expertise in program administration, observation and assessment and emergent curriculum tied to the Reggio philosophy of education.  Jenn has worked with children and youth from infants through high school, and is a life-long learner in the field.  She is a Professional Growth Advisor and has presented on topics such as building community, creating visions for programs, and emergent curriculum specific to language and literacy and STEM.


Patricia Green Pappas

CDES Professor and Department Lab School Programs and Curriculum Pedagogista



Coordinator of the Child Development Training Consortium grant program

Expertise: Reggio, Constructivism, Nature and Learning

Courses: CDES Art , Science and Math Ed. , Language and Literacy, Music Education, Leadership and Mentoring, Principles of Early Education, CDES Lab School courses, the Assistant Teacher and Student Teaching Practicum.

Karin Pavelek

Professor, CDES Department


Expertise:  Reggio and Constructivism and Special Education

Courses:  Special Education, Principles of Early Childhood, Child Development Theory, Student Teaching,

Sharon Deleon

Professor, CDES Department Coordinator, Emeritus



Retired May of 2016 – Happily spending time with her husband, family and grandchildren. Expertise: CDES 120 Child Development Theory, Creating and Designing Environments and Observation

Christine Lamm, Professor

Expertise: Anti-Bias and PeaceEducation, Early Childhood, and Special Education
Courses taught: Principles of Early Education, Anti Bias Education, Special Education

Neva Root, Emeritus
Expertise: Child Development Theory
Courses taught: CDES 120 Child Development Theory and Adolescence

Professor Kathy Baker

Professor Joan Tanner

Part Time Faculty

Yvonne Bailey

Infant and Toddler Development and Learning


Courses:  CDES 140/141

Mary Hood

Elementary Education

Courses: CDES 260/261

Debora Williams

Curriculum, Nutrition and Health, Child Development Theory

Courses: CDES 117 Language and Literacy, CDES 119 Music Education, CDES 120 Child Development Theory, CDES 215 Health, Safety, Nutrition

Andrea Knudsen

Reggi o and Constructivism, Nature and Learning, CDES Lab School Programs, Environments and Curriculum

Courses: Art Education, Science and Math Education in Early Childhood, CDES 238 Reggio and Constructivism in the Classroom

Laura Vidal-Prudholme

Child Development Theory

Courses: CDES 120 Child Development Theory

Back to School Faculty Spring 2016