Beyond Academics

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.

Shari Farris, MA, Ed.D

Early Childhood Education Faculty Chair
Shari holds a BA in Elementary Education, an MA in Gifted and Talented Education and an MA in School Administration. 
She holds a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Washington.  Shari has held positions as a classroom teacher and lead teacher; most recently as Principal of Roosevelt Elementary, Spokane Public Schools in Spokane, WA.  Her experience and interest in education using alternative preparation programs make her an excellent addition to our ECE program. She may be contacted at or 714-668-6121.

Adjunct Faculty

Caryn Vigil-Price
Cheryl Cranston
Dolores Gaunty-Porter
Ellie Beavis
Gladys Green
Hadassah Raj
Julia Chandler
Kara Bullock
Kyanne Albelo
Michelle Hardy
Robin Fairfield
Shannon Knotts
Shelby Clatterbuck
Toby Banahasky-Bespley