Meet our Faculty

Seon Chun-Burbank, Ed.D, MPA

  • B.A. in Early Childhood Education,  Ewha Womans University, Korea
  • M.A. in Early Childhood Education, University of Northern Iowa
  • Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction, University of Northern Iowa
  • M.A. in Master of Public Administration,  California State University Fullerton

Seon Chun-Burbank received her BA degree in Early Childhood Education from Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Korea; her MA in Early Childhood Education from the University of Northern Iowa; her Doctor of Education in Curriculum & Instruction degree also from the University of Northern Iowa; and Master of Public Administration degree from California State University, Fullerton. Prior to working at VU, Seon worked at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau, AK, as the Early Childhood Education program chair; Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, CA, as core-faculty/Academic Co-Director; and the Center for Constructivist Education in Seoul, Korea, as a program consultant. Even though Seon highly enjoys being a pre-K classroom teacher and treasures her time interacting with young children, she obeys God’s plan for her to work at a higher education field. Now, she believes that providing quality education to adult learners who can influence young children’s development is her calling. Seon knows and believes the importance of early childhood is human development, and she is willing to share her knowledge and belief to anyone in any setting. Currently, she is a member of Eastside Christian Church in Anaheim, CA and visits an orphanage in Rosarito, Mexico as part of Beyond Borders Compassion mission.


Caryn Vigil-Price, M.A.

  • B.A. in Child Development, Long Beach State University
  • M.A. in Education, Vanguard University

My name is Caryn Vigil. I have been in the field of Early Childhood Education for fifteen years. I earned my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Child Development at Long Beach State University and my Master of Arts Degree in Education at Vanguard. I taught preschool and kindergarten prior to working at Vanguard. In the ECE program, I have taught Music and Movement, Math and Science, and the Practicum course. I currently teach Child Growth and Development. I am married and have two beautiful daughters, Isabel and Iliana, and two wonderful stepchildren, Anthony and Natalia. I enjoy the outdoors, including riding bikes, taking walks, and playing at the beach with my children. I believe the early years of education lay a foundation that will help with success throughout life. God has called each of us to an important role in helping children learn and grow. I look forward to working with you.


Cindy Bartlett, M.A.

  • B.S. in Education, Arizona State University
  • M.A. in Education Early Childhood Education, Concordia University, Irvine.

Cindy Bartlett received her Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University and her Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Education from Concordia University, Irvine.  Cindy began teaching as an adjunct instructor for Vanguard University’s Child Development Program in 2002, and for several years also served as the Coordinator of the Child Development Program.  She is passionate about providing high-quality, Chirst-centered education for the youngest learners, as well as for those who teach them or are preparing to teach them.  Cindy has been involved in the field of education for over 30 years serving as the Director of an ACSI-accredited Christian preschool, Director of School Ministries for a Preschool-Grade 8 school, Coordinator of Vanguard University’s Child Development Program, Director of e-Learning for a Christian high school, and as an adjunct teaching  at several universities.


Deidre D. Jones, Ed.D.

  • B.A. in Early Childhood Education, LeMonye-Owen College, Memphis
  • M.S. in Instruction and Curriculum Leadership, University of Memphis
  • Ed.D in Education Specialist in Educational Leadership, Union University

Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Deidre is the oldest of four.  “Ever learning and never able to come to the knowledge of truth,” she enrolled at LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis, TN and majored in Early Childhood Education.  To further substantiate her passion to teach children, she joined Kappa Omicron Tau, the College Guidance Division of the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc., which is a sorority comprised of teachers.

Immediately after graduating, she began teaching Pre-K for the city school district and enrolled in a Masters program at the University of Memphis.  While matriculating there, she was initiated into the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc.  In December 2007, she received her Masters of Science Degree in Instruction and Curriculum Leadership and that following February was admitted into the Doctoral Program at Union University.  In August 2009, she received her Education Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership and in July 2011 received her Doctor of Education in the same field.

After 6 years of teaching (3 yrs Pre-K, 3 yrs Kindergarten), with the knowledge and skills she is equipped with, she is ready to lobby and advocate for young children outside of the classroom.  She has a strong desire to promote high academic achievement and effective leadership in order to promote student achievement and progression.  She has served in leadership positions as Director, Site Supervisor, and Program Manager in addition to presenting at conferences and providing professional development.

Tenacity, devotion, and determination are the key attributes that have contributed to her success throughout her career as an Educator.  By expanding her knowledge base to climb the educational ladder, she wants to assist others that share her passion of good teaching and effective leadership while applying and utilizing her knowledge and skills for the betterment of and as an advocate for high student achievement.


Dolores Gaunty-Porter, Ph.D.

  • B.A. in Education, La Universidad de las Americas, Mexico City
  • M.A. in Education, University of Southern Mississippi
  • Ph.D. in Literacy, State University of New York, Albany

Dolores Gaunty-Porter earned a Ph.D. in Literacy from the State University of New York at Albany, the M.A. in Education from the University of Southern Mississippi, and the B.A. from La Universidad de Las Americas in Mexico City. Since 2002 she has been at Vanguard University, where she served as a Professor in the Graduate School of Education until 2012. In 2006 she began teaching in the Early Childhood Education Program.

In addition to teaching in Higher Education, Dolores has extensive teaching and administrative experiences in bilingual, ESL, and regular programs as well as pre-school through 12th grade. Dolores has worked in New York, Illinois, Indiana, California, and Mexico City.  She has also been a frequent presenter in local, state, and national educational conferences.

Dolores believes that teaching is a privilege, and values the distinctive range of experiences, learning styles, and personalities of students. She believes that teaching calls for introspection and humility.  Her research interests include literacy development, cooperative learning, and teacher preparation for diverse student populations.


Jeanette Oehrlein, M.ED.

  • B.A. in Psychology,  California State University San Bernardino
  • M.A. in Child Development, California State University San Bernardino

Jeanette’s working experience in early childhood includes being a California Mentor Teacher, a Professional Growth Advisor, and a Program Director. She has worked in lab schools, family- child care, and CDA credentialing, as well as faith-based, state, and Head Start preschools.  Her higher education teaching is from Copper Mountain College, University of California, Riverside, and the 29 Palms Marine Base. Jeanette is currently employed as a credentialed CTE teacher at Orange High School where she teaches the next generation of early childhood educators.

In 2008, Jeanette moved from the desert to work as the Operational Coordinator and adjunct for Vanguard’s ECE online program, in 2011 she moved to VU’s School for Professional Studies as an education counselor.  Jeanette strongly believes the opportunity to return to Vanguard and teach from a Christian worldview is a call from God that requires her unwavering commitment and devotion to God’s teachings. She is delighted to be back.

Jeanette is a devoted wife to her husband, their four children, and their grandchildren.


Julia Chandler, M.ED.

  • B.A. in Human Development, Hope International University
  • M.Ed. in Early Childhood Administration, Southwestern Assemblies of God University

Julia Chandler joined the CDP team at Vanguard University in the Fall of 2009.  Along with her duties related to teaching Child Development courses online, Julia serves as the administrator of a Christian early education program in Southern California.  She has been in the field of early education for nearly twenty-five years, most of which has been in Christian schools.  In addition to her administrative and teaching roles, Julia has also served as a seminar speaker at a number of conferences and served on several accreditation teams.  She has been involved with both the Association of Christian Schools International and her local chapter of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.


Kyanne Albelo, M.A.

B.A. in Human Communication

M.A. in Education Cross-Cultural Teaching

Kyanne holds a B.A. in Human Communication, an M.A. in Education in Cross-Cultural Teaching, an M.A. in TESOL, a Clear Multiple-Subject Credential and a CLAD Certificate. She has held the position as a Structured English Immersion Kindergarten Teacher and has been involved in curriculum development and instructional leadership. In 2006, Kyanne was awarded “Teacher of the Year.” She has worked closely with students with disabilities in the Full Inclusion Program, has assisted in the launching of the Dual Immersion Program beginning at the Kindergarten level, and has mentored students pursuing their teaching credentials and careers in early childhood and elementary education. Kyanne has taught in southern California and in Tokyo, Japan. Her recent service projects include building preschool curriculum and developing teacher training resources for preschools in Rwanda.


Michelle Hardy, M.A.

B.A. in Early Childhood Education, California State University Fullerton

M.A. in Education with Specialization in Early Childhood Education, California State University Fullerton

I possess 28-years of Child Development experience, 15 of which have included training and teaching experience and 10-years teaching with Santa Ana College, Human Development Department. I received a Master of Arts in Education with a Specialization in Early Childhood Education at Long Beach State University, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree at California State University, Fullerton. I have taught a variety of teaching in the classroom, distance delivery, on-line technology, and working with a diverse population.


Niccole Connally, M.A.

BA in Liberal Studies, California State University Fullerton

MA in Education, Vanguard University

Teaching Credential, Vanguard University

I was born and raised in Orange County, CA. I met my husband in the Vanguard University Teacher Credentialing program in 2006. Together, we have four daughters ages 1 yr, 3 yr, 5 yr, & 7 yr. I graduated from Cal State Fullerton where I received a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies. I then received my multiple subject teaching credential from Vanguard University. I also earned a Master of Arts Degree in Education and my single-subject credential in Social Studies at Vanguard as well. In my leisure I like to plan family outings, visit with friends, and play with my children.


Robin Fairfield, Ed.D.

BA in Human Development, Hope International University

MA in Education, Hope International University

Ed.D. in Administrator Leadership with Specialization in Teaching and Learning, Walden University

My name is Robin Fairfield, and I have been teaching for Vanguard University since the onset of the ECE online format in 2004. The Lord led me to the field of early education through my children during their preschool years. I began taking classes in ECE and soon found myself engaged and eager to learn more. Today, my education includes a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Administrator Leadership with a Specialization in Teaching and Learning from Walden University in Minneapolis, MN; a Master of Education (M.Ed.) online from Hope International University in Fullerton, California; a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development also from Hope International University; and an Associate’s degree in Child Development from Saddleback Community College in Mission Viejo, CA. I also hold a Program Director’s Permit from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, and a teaching certificate in Early Childhood Education from Saddleback Community College. I am a registered Professional Growth Advisor for the California Child Care Consortium, and I am driven by the Lord to improve the quality and care in early childhood education by providing opportunities for increased wisdom and compassion in adults who care for His children.
“Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” (Psalm 90:12).


Rosa Moon, M.Ed

B.A. in Home Economics, Catholic University of Korea

M.A. in Counseling and Clinical Psychology, Catholic University of Korea

M.A. in Education in Special Education, University of North Texas

Ms. Moon holds a Master of Education in Special Education (specialized in Intervention for Children with Autism) from the University of North Texas, and a Master of Arts in Counseling and Clinical Psychology from the Catholic University of Korea. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Home Economics from the Catholic University of Korea. Since 2004, Ms. Moon has been working with children with autism and other special needs students at various settings, such as clinical settings, private school, and client’s home with diverse programs.

In addition, Ms. Moon has passion and love for the students with special needs, and she continues to volunteer at the Grace Ministries International Church, Ministries for Children with Special Needs as a Sunday school teacher. Ms. Moon offers workshops to her staff and volunteers on diverse subjects such as Children with Autism, teaches bible study as well as arts and crafts, and develops summer retreat programs for students with special needs.

Ms. Moon’s interests include promoting communication skills for children with autism, creating  Behavior Intervention Plans, collaborative teaching, working with paraprofessionals, and curriculum development for children with special needs. In her spare time, Ms. Moon loves to watch movies, hike, go to beach, visit museums, and drink coffee with her friends.


Shelby Clatterbuck, M.A.

B.A. in Child Development and Family Studies, California State University Long Beach

M.A. in  Organizational Leadership, Chapman University

M.A. in Christian Apologetics, Biola University

I am a mother of two children, Kayla and Robby (9 and 8, my Irish Twins), and I currently teach early childhood courses both in the traditional setting at Santiago Canyon College, located in Orange, CA, as well as on-line at Vanguard University. Alongside being a wife and mother and teaching early childhood education classes, I rate teacher-child interactions for the Orange County Department of Education through a rating and assessment project called Quality Start OC. Before God gave me the gift of motherhood, I worked under the title of a City’s Child Care Coordinator as an education and referral source for parents and child care providers. Under that capacity, I planned and coordinated workshops and conferences, as well as created educational resources, supervised a child resource center, and oversaw an information and referral hot-line. I have completed a Masters in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University and a Masters in Christian Apologetics from Biola University. My undergraduate work was completed in Child Development and Family Studies from California State University, Long Beach.



Toby Espley, M.ED.

I have been in the field of Early Childhood Education for about 20 years. I’ve had the privilege of working in Faith based and State Preschool programs over the years. I have taught on line courses for the ECE program at Vanguard for over 10 years now.  Aside from Vanguard, I serve as a Project Liaison for Orange County Department of Education. My role with OCDE also supports high quality programs and educators in ECE. My greatest passion in ECE is Social Emotional Development and serving as a Professional Growth Advisor for the ECE community in Orange County. My blessings are my wonderful two children and husband.



Jin Kim,Ph.D.

Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education, University of Georgia

M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education, University of Georgia

She received her Ph.D. & M.Ed. in early childhood education at the University of Georgia, GA. She has been working in the field of early childhood education for many years. She is also a founding president at a non-profit organization advocating children and their families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in metro Atlanta areas.

She is teaching online courses for the ECE program at Vanguard University. Prior to working at Vanguard, she worked at Duquesne University, PA. She has been interested in marginalized children’s voices, community engagement, teacher education, and teaching and learning in socio-cultural contexts. Her works has been published in several journals such as Journal of Early Childhood Teacher EducationJournal of Early Childhood Research, and Journal of Research in Childhood Education



Doris Sims, Ph.D.

Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education, Claremont University

M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education, California State University at Los Angeles

Dr. Doris J. Sims received a full Fellowship to Claremont University Graduate School where she majored in Early Education /Child Development and received her Ph.D. She was an Associate Professor at California State University at Los Angeles and taught at other colleges and universities for over 30 years in the field of Child Development and Family Relations.  She attended California State University, Los Angeles where she received a B.A in Home Economics and a M.A. in Elementary Education with an emphasis in reading.  She founded a preschool, and several elementary through high schools in the Los Angeles area.  She was an elementary through high school principal.  For ten years Dr. Sims was a juvenile hall counselor to troubled youth, and taught parenting classes to parents of incarcerated youth.   She was a consultant to The Institute for Black Parenting where she taught parenting classes to foster and adoptive parents.  She authored “Roots Out of Dry Ground: The Mother Reatha Herndon Story.” She has also authored four children’s books about African American Inventors for children ages 3-8 with accompanying teacher’s guides. She has presented at schools, colleges, churches, and conferences nationally and internationally on all aspects of child development. She specializes on how to encourage critical thinking and problem solving in young children.  She adopted a male child, and she is a single mother. She is also a consultant in all aspects of education and family relations. She is currently an educational consultant where she assists community leaders, organizations and interested persons in developing private and public charter schools.