Vanguard’s Early Childhood Education courses are taught by highly trained and experienced practitioners. They represent decades of local and national leadership, teaching, and advocacy work in the field of early education. They are committed to helping each learner garner the skills necessary to become confident and passionate practitioners. In addition to their extensive education and experience in the field, the faculty in the Early Childhood Education program at Vanguard provides opportunities for learners to examine Christian principles with intentional faith integrated activities and assignments. In the unique platform of online learning the faculty encourages extensive and intentional discussions, field-based problem solving, and spiritual consultation grounded in scripture.
Early Childhood Education Faculty Chair
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.
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.
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, pre-school through 12th grade, 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 she 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.
Hi I am Hadassah Ratna Rajaratnam. I have my Masters in Child Development and Family Studies and PhD in Early Childhood Care and Education. I am in the field of College Teaching since I was a 23 old. First started teaching at a University in India, then moved to United States. From the State of Arizona I have a life time Teaching Certificate to teach in community colleges and I also possess a Directors permit from State of California. I developed and taught several courses in Cerro Coso Community College both in class and online. In fact I was the first one to start Online Child Development program at Cerro Coso Community college. Along with teaching I was responsible for the Early Childhood Education program at the lab Child Development Center. In 2003 through ACSI I was introduced to Vanguard University and since then became an Adjunct Professor for Vanguard. I developed 4 courses for Vanguard and I am proud to say I am still teaching for Vanguard. I am very passionate about teaching and training staff that prepare and teach our young children. I always dreamed about starting a model Christian based Early Childhood Care and Education Program. My dream became a reality in the year 2003 when I was offered an opportunity to set up an Early Education Program from scratch at our Immanuel Baptist Church. Now it is a nationally accredited [NAEYC] program with state of California license. I work in the capacity of an Executive Director for Immanuel CDC and Christian School K-12. I thank God almighty for giving me this wonderful opportunity to direct a high quality Christian based Early Childhood and Secondary School Education programs and also to teach at a Christian university that prepares and trains students to provide quality educational learning experiences at various levels. .
Kara Bullock, M.A.
Hi! My name is Kara Bullock. I have 16 years experience as an educator. I graduated from National University with my Master of Arts in Teaching. Prior to that, I received my Bachelor of Science in Child and Adolescent Studies from California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). I also received my Multiple Subject Teaching credential from CSUF.
I have worked in both the elementary school setting and the online, higher education setting. Over the years, I have been involved in many different areas related to the classroom. In the elementary school setting I served as a classroom teacher in both the fourth and first grade setting. I was also a part of the leadership team, Language Arts Teacher leader, after school English Language Arts instructor, and PLC school trainer. As an online college instructor, I have been involved in facilitating courses, developing online curriculum and courses, mentoring new instructors, and am currently the Course Lead for courses at two separate schools.
On a personal note, I was born and raised in sunny southern California. I have been happily married to my wonderful husband Jeff since 2001. We have two beautiful daughters, Charlotte and Claire. They are ten and eight. We also have an amazing five-year-old son, Brady. I love to spend time with my family. I am also an artist, and enjoy spending any extra free time creating my artwork.
Kyanne Albelo, M.A.
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.
Niccole Connally, M.A.
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.
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)
Shannon Knotts was trained in Marriage and Family Therapy at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, California. Prior to this she received a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Whitman College. She has taught for both the departments of Psychology and Early Childhood Education at Vanguard University, and loves the opportunity to mentor students through the process of earning their degree. She currently teaches ECED 126, 315, 345 and 499. She and her husband live in Missoula, Montana where they are raising their three children.
Shelby Clatterbuck, M.A.
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.
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 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.