Advisory Committee

Achieve continually seeks ways to bring about desired change for the workforce.  We believe diverse points of views are crucial to the design, implementation, evaluation, and revision towards successful, meaningful and inclusive policies and procedures. Therefore, the convening of an Advisory Committee is one step towards expanding and enhancing the funds of knowledge and professional experience that currently informs Achieve’s policies and practices.

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Advisory Committee Members

The Achieve Advisory Committee is comprised of a group of community subject matter experts, representatives, advocates, service providers, and leaders in the field or those interested in supporting the MN Early Childhood Care and Education (MN ECCE) Workforce.

Sameerah Bilal-Roby

Director, African American Babies Coalition

Sameerah is the Director of the African American Babies Coalition (AABC), she is also the Program Manager for the Integrated Care High Risk Pregnancy Initiative for African American Women. Sameerah has a strong history of leadership and facilitation. She specializes in bringing together diverse sets of organizations and individuals, developing strategic work plans, and effectively implementing community initiatives.

Anita Blaine Stavitzski

Lead Teacher, Wayzata Community Church Nursery School

Anita has 19 years of experience working with toddlers, Pre-School, and Pre-Kindergarten as a Lead and Co-Teacher. She leads staff development and training, and develops incentives to heighten staff’s on-going education. In addition, Anita developed and planned a new enrichment offering called MANIPS. MANIPS is a math based, developmentally appropriate curriculum for WCCNS.

Marisol Chiclana-Aylaa

Marisol Chiclana-Aylaa

Community Engagement Planner, Minnesota Department of Health

Marisol has wide variety of childhood care and education experience. She has been a Family Child Care Provider, Child Care Teacher and Director. In addition, Marisol worked as the Infant Toddler Training Intensive Statewide Coordinator for Child Care Aware of MN. She has been a trainer and consultant for child care providers in the areas of Early Childhood and Education, infant and toddler care, inclusion in child care, cultural dynamics and other topics. For the last 13 years, Marisol has worked as a Community Engagement Planner with Ramsey County and now with the MN Department of Health.

Cyndi Cunningham

Cyndi Cunningham

Family Child Care Provider, Cyndi’s Child Care

As the owner and operator of her own licensed Family Child Care, Cyndi provides a safe and enriched environment for children. She has a passion for advocating for Family Child Care and is a board member of the Minnesota Child Care Professional Information Network Association (MCCPIN). Cyndi also runs her own training and consulting business where she has developed trainings on topics including licensing inspections and provider self-care.

Matt Evans

Matt Evans

Trainer & RBPD Support Specialist, Child Care Aware of Minnesota

Matt has been in the early childhood education field for 8 years, first as a Professional Development Coordinator at Think Small and now as the Trainer and RBPD Support Specialist at Child Care Aware of Minnesota. Matt works very closely with Early Childhood and Education Trainers and Relationship Based Professional Development (RBPD) Specialists, where he’s learned to understand their needs and wants and feels he is able to successfully advocate on their behalf.

Deloris Friske

Deloris Friske

Family Child Care Provider, Friske Family Child Care

Deloris has been a licensed Family Child Care Provider for the past 35 years. She is actively involved in the Minnesota Child Care Provider Information Network (MNCCPIN) and was recognized as the 2016 Child Care Advocate of the Year. Deloris is a trainer and curriculum writer for Family Child Care. She coauthored Essential Elements for Family Child Care as well as Family Child Care Mentoring program, this program has been trained in four states.

Ana Isabel Gabilondo-Scholz

Ana Isabel Gabilondo-Scholz

Program Evaluator - Center for Prevention, Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Ana Isabel has over 10 years of experience working with communities of color in leadership development, community engagement and program evaluation. In her current role at Blue Cross, Ana Isabel has participated in evaluations with Early Childhood and Education (ECE) programs. She is interested in working with, and championing the importance of ECE providers having access to the resources and support they need to be successful in supporting the success of children at an early age.

Ida Gatfield

Ida Gatfield

Program Coordinator, Cardinal Kids’ Club

With 20 years working in the Early Childhood profession, Ida has held positions including Creative Movement Teacher, Head Start Classroom Aide, Assistant, Substitute Teacher, Head Start Literacy Mentor, and Family Child Care Provider. Ida has served on the Redwood Area Early Childhood Coalition Imitative for 10 years, the last two years as co-chair. Having experience working in a public preschool program, Ida feels she can bring a unique perspective to the committee and act as a strong advocate for rural Minnesota Child Care.

Marian Hassan

Marian Hassan

Author & Educator

Marian is an empowering educator, consultant and children’s picture book author. She is an experienced and skilled bilingual educator committed to providing professional development experiences for teachers and providers to enhance the quality of care for young children. She advises, mentors and trains on areas in Early Childhood Education. Most recently, Marian has been speaking to dual language families and teachers about the importance of the home language to the development of the second language.

Jansel Hernandez

Jansel Hernandez

Education Coordinator, Casa de Corazón

Jansel has a passion for education and enjoys sharing his knowledge with others as a Master trainer. He has been working in the Early Childhood Care and Education field since 2012. As the Education Coordinator, Jansel supports the teachers at Casa de Corazón by providing training and assistance with their professional development.

Angela Kapp

Angela Kapp

Owner/Director, Midwest Child Development

Having worked in the early childhood field since 1989, Angela has a lot of experience to offer. Over the years, she has been a Teacher, Director, Trainer, Consultant, Child Development Associate (CDA) Specialist, Head Start Manager/Advocate and National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Assessor. Currently, Angela owns and operates two child care centers in St. Paul.

Tonya Morris

Licensing and Support Coordinator, Leech Lake Child Care Services

Tonya is excited to represent and better support the Native American community and child care providers. She has been working in the Early Childhood field for seven years; starting as an Infant/Toddler Teacher and then moving into administration. As the Licensing and Support Coordinator, Tonya provides licensing and monitoring visits to build quality care.

Rhonda Olson

Rhonda Olson

Education Resource Specialist, Families First of Minnesota

Rhonda has worked in the Early Childhood Education field for over 23 years, wearing numerous hats including opening a new center, contracting with a center to assist with its provisional license, being an Assistant Director, Director, teaching children 18 months to Pre-K and overseeing Early Childhood student teachers. In her role at Families First of Minnesota, Rhonda schedules over 550 trainings a year for Child Care providers in 20 southeast counties. She also recruits, supports and guides new and prospective trainers through the approval process and applying for TOTs (Training of Trainers).

Maxine Peterson

Maxine Peterson

FACS Education Specialist - Office of Career & College Success, MN Department of Education

Maxine is the Family and Consumer Science Education (FACS) Specialist at the Minnesota Department of Education, Office of Career College Success in the Career and Technical Education division. At the Department of Education, Maxine oversees 383 FACS teachers throughout Minnesota, many of whom teach on subjects including Child and Human Development and Early Childhood Education. She has over 30 years of experience at the alternative, middle and high school level teaching Family and Consumer Science.

Teresa Ripple

Teresa Ripple

Program Director/Assistant Professor, St. Kate’s University Montessori Program

Teresa worked as an Early Childhood Education teacher for over 10 years and then as the head of school for several years before coming to St. Kate’s. Teresa directs and teaches courses such as Introduction to Early Childhood, The Art of Classroom Management and Assessment, and Science Methods for the newly developed early childhood degree programs. She also teaches research and directs the Montessori Master’s degree program. She actively consults and presents at local workshops as well as national conferences for the American Montessori Society (AMS).

Deborah Schierbeck

Deborah Schierbeck

Instructor, Hennepin Technical College and Rasmussen College

As a Higher Education Instructor, Deborah enjoys teaching those interested in joining the Early Childhood Care and Education workforce. She has over 30 years of experience in the Early Childhood Care and Education field as a Head Teacher, Director, Creative Curriculum Coordinator and National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Higher Educator Accreditor.

Sherry Tiegs

Sherry Tiegs

Family Child Care Provider, Sherry Tiegs Family Child Care

For the past 30+ years, Sherry has dedicated her life to serving children and families. She has held positions as a Teacher’s Aide, Day Camp Director, Student Mentor, Assistant Teacher, Preschool Lead Teacher, Program Director and Toddler Lead Teacher. Currently, Sherry runs her own Family Child Care and shares her knowledge with other practitioners as a trainer.

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KCF CONTENT AREACORE COMPETENCY (OLD)CDA CONTENT AREA
I: Child Development and LearningI: Child Growth & Development8: Principles of Child Development and Learning
II.A: Creating Positive Learning ExperiencesIIa: Creating the Learning Environment2: Steps to advance children’s physical and intellectual development
II.B: Promoting Cognitive DevelopmentIIc: Language and Literacy IId: Cognitive Development2: Steps to advance children’s physical and intellectual development
II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional DevelopmentIIe: Personal and Social Development IV: Interactions with Children3: Positive ways to support children’s social and emotional development
II.D: Promoting Physical DevelopmentIIb: Physical Development2: Steps to advance children’s physical and intellectual development
II.E: Promoting Creative DevelopmentIIf: Creativity and the Arts2: Steps to advance children’s physical and intellectual development
III: Relationships with FamiliesV: Families and Communities4:Strategies to establish productive relationships with families
IV.A: Observing, Recording and Assessing DevelopmentIII: Assessment and Planning for Individual Needs7: Observing and recording children’s behavior
IV.B: Assessing and Using Information to PlanIII: Assessment and Planning for Individual Needs7: Observing and recording children’s behavior
IV.C: Assessing and Using Information to Enhance and Maintain Program QualityVII: Program Planning and Evaluation5: Strategies to manage effective program operation
V: Historical and Contemporary Development of Early Childhood EducationN/A6: Maintaining a commitment to professionalism
VI: ProfessionalismVIII: Professional Development and Leadership6: Maintaining a commitment to professionalism
VII.A: Establishing Healthy PracticesVI: Health, Safety and Nutrition
1: Planning a safe, healthy learning environment
VII.B: Ensuring SafetyVI: Health, Safety and Nutrition
1: Planning a safe, healthy learning environment
VII.C: Providing Healthy NutritionVI: Health, Safety and Nutrition
1: Planning a safe, healthy learning environment
VIII: Application through Clinical ExperiencesN/A6: Maintaining a commitment to professionalism