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Early Childhood Education Faculty & Staff

Bárbara Martínez-Griego

Early Childhood Education, Department Chair

2405 East College Way
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Phone: (360) 416 7787
Email: barbara.martinez@skagit.edu

Bárbara Martínez-Griego, M.A.,Early Childhood Education Department Chair and Lead Instructor. Barbara's faculty experience includes teaching child development associate courses in Spanish and English and revising the college ECE degree curriculum to infuse strategies for working effectively with bilingual children and families. Barbara is also a co-researcher in the Teaching Umoja Participatory Action Research 15 year commitment project in Kingston, Jamaica. The purpose of this research is to explore and construct culturally relevant knowledge and skills of supporting children of color in the United States in developing strong cultural identity. Barbara earned her Masters of Arts degree from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont with a focus on the adoption of dual language and bilingual teaching practices in preschool classrooms and with adult learners. Barbara has also worked as an elementary school teacher, preschool teacher, head start, ECE program administrator, and childcare licensor. Barbara received her Bachelor of Science degree from New Mexico State University in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education.

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Connie Bonner-Britt

Early Childhood Education Instructor

2405 East College Way
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Phone: (360) 416-7625
Email: connie.bonner-britt@skagit.edu

Connie Bonner-Britt, MA, LMHC, ECE Department Instructor. Connie received her Masters Degree in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College, with a Specialization in Early Childhood Education and Parent/Community Services. She was the owner and director of Children's House Child Development Center for 12 years. She has been providing program development and mentoring for early childhood educators in Skagit County for the past 25 years. Connie received her license as a Mental Heath Counselor, while working as a clinician in the children's unit at Compass Health. She has been providing counseling to children and families since 1999. She co-authored Parenting Tool Box: Nine Therapeutic Parenting Tools for Parents and Professionals, which is a practical approach for those needing support for children with social and emotional concerns. Connie embraces the opportunity to assist SVC students to build competence in exercising their own voice in developing their professional careers in the field, and in striving to develop consensus building skills, necessary to working collaboratively within their communities.

Barbara A. Smith

Family Life Coordinator, Parent Educator

2405 East College Way
Phone: (360) 416-6734
Email: barbara.smith@skagit.edu

Barbara A. Smith's interests are in mentoring Early Childhood Education Professionals and encouraging families in the parenting of their young children. She has three grown children and five grandchildren.

Barbara earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Art Education from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.  Since moving to Skagit County from King County 17 years ago, she has served as Parent Educator at SVC, Early Learning Specialist for NWESD 189, Program Specialist for Reading Readiness for Two's, Born Learning Lead for Skagit County, Board Member of Children's Council of Skagit County, Committee Member for Public Awareness for Skagit Early Learning as well as short term preschool teacher in Nigeria, West Africa and local elementary school teacher.

Ray Soriano

Skagit/Islands Head Start, Program Manager

2405 East College Way
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Phone: (360) 416-7590 x116
Email: ray.soriano@skagit.edu

Ray Soriano has worked with children and families in early childhood and social service settings for 23 years, as an educator, social worker, and administrator.  He currently works at Skagit/Islands Head Start (Skagit Valley College), where he is the Program Manager for staff professional development and father involvement.  He also presents workshops statewide on topics of music, child guidance, male involvement, and leadership.

Deanna Hickey

Deanna Hickey, M.A. With nearly 15 years of experience in the field of early childhood education, Deanna Hickey currently focuses on supporting teachers working on their AA, BA, and MA degrees. In addition to serving as adjunct faculty for Skagit Valley College, Ms. Hickey is also faculty and professional development coordinator with the Center for Linguistic and Cultural Democracy (CLCD). She earned her B.A. in Business Administration from Robert Morris University and later her M.A. in Education with a focus on the interface of Nutritional Arts, Movement, and Expressive Arts from Goddard College.  Deanna also holds the CLCD Soy Bilingüe Dual Language ECE Certificate and has experience planning and team-teaching college ECE classes using the Soy Bilingüe Adult Dual Language Model. As a writing coach with Goddard College, Ms. Hickey supports students in accessing and using the conventions of academic writing and APA citations. She serves a model in cross-cultural competency and communication and contributes to the establishment of healthy, vibrant, collaborative learning communities among students, staff, and faculty.

Sharon Cronin

Early Childhood Education Faculty (PT), Dual Language Instructor

Sharon Cronin has over thirty years of experience in bilingual and culturally relevant early childhood and elementary education. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Bilingual Education with an emphasis in African American Studies from the University of Washington; her Master of Arts Degree in Human Development with a specialization in Bicultural Development from Pacific Oaks College Northwest; and her Doctoral Degree in Curriculum Instruction majoring in Bilingual Education, Multicultural Education, and Literacy, with cognates in Special Education, Caribbean Studies, and Anthropology from the University of Washington. She is a founding member of the King County Latino Child Care Taskforce (which developed a needs assessment and action agenda for Latino children, families, and educators in the greater Seattle area). As Executive Director of the Center for Linguistic and Cultural Democracy, Dr. Cronin supports early childhood educators in obtaining their CDA, AA, BA, and MA degrees; promotes cultural expression in education and community development; and co-leads the Teaching Umoja Participatory Action Research 15-Year Commitment, examining the ethnic identity, bicultural, cross-cultural, and tri-literacy development of children of color, along with a team of 40 co-researchers from across the United States and Port Royal. Golden Grove, and Moore Town, Jamaica. Sharon was the director of Pacific Oaks College Northwest’s Bilingual P-3 (Preschool through Third Grade) Teacher Education Program. She is co-author of Soy Bilingüe: Language, Culture, and Young Latino Children and the children’s book When Brother Anansi was a Little Boy: The Encounter of Little Anansi and Mr. Alligator. Dr. Cronin edited the anthology Soy Bilingüe Adult Dual Language Model for Early Childhood and Elementary Teacher Education.  Sharon is also a founding member of Seattle-based Grupo Bayano (African Caribbean Music and Dance). She is the Seattle Site Coordinator and Faculty Member with Goddard College’s Education Program. She is mother to Carlos, Isolina, and Reynaldo.

Megan Cary

Early Childhood Eduation Instructor

2405 East College Way
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Email: megan.cary@skagit.edu