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My name is Virginia Roof & I am the Instructor for ECE 204: Child Health, Safety & Nutrition and ECE 236: Understanding the Child with Special Needs.  A little about me:

I obtained my B.A. from U.C. Berkeley (1996) and M.Ed. (Early Childhood Education, emphasis in Early Childhood Special Education) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2001).  I also currently hold a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (K – 8) & an Illinois Early Childhood Teaching Certificate (Pre-K – 3).

I have had many roles in working with young children - Substitute Teacher, Assistant Teacher, Preschool Teacher, Kindergarten Teacher, and Early Childhood Special Education Teacher.  I have also served as the Disabilities Specialist for Head Start and Early Head Start.  At Cuesta, I teach ECE 204, as well as ECE 235: Strategies for Challenging Behavior in the ECE Classroom, ECE 215: Teaching in a Diverse Society, and ECE 236: Understanding the Child with Special Needs.  I am also a certified PITC (Program for Infant Toddler Caregivers) Trainer and a graduate of the Special Quest Project (to support inclusion of infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families).

I am the proud mom of three children: Rowan (10 years old) and fraternal boy/girl twins, Ben & Kylie (7 years old).  As you might guess, I practically had my own ECE child development lab at home!  Now that my children are all in elementary school, I'm moving into a new and exciting phase of my parenting journey.

Something you might be surprised to learn about me: I got caught in a hailstorm on top of a mountain while backpacking in Yosemite on my honeymoon.  Luckily, we had just gotten the last tent stake in when the hail starting coming down!

Finally, I am a passionate advocate for inclusion and social justice.  I believe that all children have a place not only in our schools, but also in our communities and in our hearts.

- Virginia

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