February 2017 Member of the Month
Child Development Consortium of Los Angeles
Selma Sanchez is a graduate of California State University at Los Angeles, earning both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development and Master of Education in Early Childhood Education. She has been in the field of early childhood education over twenty years, working with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners and their teachers. Currently, Ancelma is the Program Director of the Child Development Consortium of Los Angeles (CDCLA) where she monitors the quality of the early childhood education program and oversees operations of the agency's centers. Thank you Selma for taking time out of your hectic schedule to answer a few questions:
What has been most rewarding about your career in early education so far?
What has been most rewarding about my career in Early Education so far begins with the impact that I have made in the community in the past 15 years through special events I organized with the help of my staff and friends. During Christmas time we help host a family fiesta where over a 100 families receive presents for their children and they get to meet Santa. Looking upon the smiling faces on each and every child we serve is the most rewarding feeling in the world.
If you could give advice to someone who is new in the administrative role, what would it be?
My first piece of advice would be to get a mentor. Don't be afraid to ask questions to people who have been in the field for a long time. Start networking as soon as you get your position, make connections in your field and get to know the leaders in the community. Also always try to be a role model and lead your teachers by example and most importantly join a professional organization such as NAEYC and CCDAA!
What is your proudest accomplishment in your career?
One of the things I am most proud of is that my original teachers from when I was a site director have all advanced to leadership positions in our field. By leading by example and growing from my first position I showed them that anything was possible no matter what age you are or what language you speak you can go back to school and get your education and grow in the child development field.