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Student Testimonials

Current and former students share their experiences in the Early Childhood Leadership & Advocacy program!

Pam Perrino

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Pam Perrino has been an early childhood advocate for The Raymond John Wean Foundation since 2006 working to “connect the dots” of early childhood development services and best practices while improving the quality of care in the local early childhood community. She has worked as an infant and toddler teacher, preschool teacher, and director of an N.A.E.Y.C childcare center. Her involvement in Columbus with state-level policy-making committees ensures that the Mahoning Valley has a voice in decisions affecting young children. Perrino has participated in the Ohio Professional Development Committee as a member of the writing team for several of Ohio’s documents, including Ohio’s Early Childhood Core Knowledge and Competencies. She participates in the state-wide Child Care Advisory Council of the Department of Jobs and Family Services. Perrino embraces the community of online learning offered at the University of Dayton as she completed her M.S.Ed. in Early Childhood Leadership and Advocacy online at the university.

Justin Hodson

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Hello, my name is Justin Hodson. I am an Education Support Supervisor with Miami Valley Child Development Centers, Inc. The opportunity to obtain my master’s degree through the University of Dayton online Early Childhood Education Leadership & Advocacy program was provided to me by my employer, and I am glad I decided to do it. I have been in the program for two years and will be finishing up in December 2011. I have had the great pleasure of meeting two of my professors and have maintained an excellent friendship with both of them, even after not being in their classes for more than a year. I am able to rely on them for support and help in obtaining my career goals as well as to call them and just talk about how things are going. This program is awesome and has helped me in getting one step closer to my goals. It has provided me with indispensable knowledge that will allow me to grow and achieve great things in the field of Early Childhood Education.

Bobbie Mendenhall

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West Virginia University at Parkersburg

The Early Childhood Leadership & Advocacy Program has been the ideal education option for me. I currently work as a program coordinator for our campus childcare. I wanted to pursue my master's but being a mother of three and a full-time career woman time was not in my favor. I wanted something that related to my real life experiences and my passion for early childhood education. UD does just that. I can apply what I learn to my current career and make our program a quality place for children to learn.

Latoya Graham

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My name is Latoya Graham, and I’m currently enrolled in the Early Childhood Leadership & Advocacy master’s program at the University of Dayton. I work at a La Petite Academy in Columbus, Ohio, as a Lead Infant Teacher. I really like this program because I’m learning valuable information that will help me become an excellent director of an early learning center one day. The program has also provided me with resources to help me become a better infant teacher.