Meet the Faculty
Patty Hall (Professor)Business, Design and Workforce - Early Childhood Education
Patty received her BS in Sociology from The University of Connecticut and began her career working with families as an Advocate in the Fair Housing Department in Hartford Connecticut. When she relocated to Northern California she found her true passion was working with young children and their families in child care and early education. As a site director, she has been instrumental in creating innovative programs for children aged 3 months to 13 years of age. She was a founding Director at Palcare, Inc. in Burlingame, a nationally recognized day and nighttime program affiliated with San Francisco International Airport. After completing her M.P.A. at The College of Notre Dame, in Belmont, CA in 1998, she joined Cañada College to start-up the Child Development Center. She currently teaches a variety of courses in the ECE/CD program as well as holding faculty leadership roles at the College, in the District and across the State. She completed her doctoral studies in 2008 by successfully defending her dissertation entitled: Personal Weblogs in the Early Childhood Practicum Experience: Asynchronous Group Experience as a Tool for Developing Reflective Teaching Characteristics.
Penelope Blair (Adjunct Professor)Business, Design and Workforce - Early Childhood Education
Penny Blair is the WestEd Program for Infant Toddler Care, Partners for Quality Infant Toddler Specialist & Training Coordinator (PITC PQ) for Region IV, which includes San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda and Santa Clara Counties. As the Infant/Toddler Specialist Coordinator for the Program for Infant Toddler Care Region IV, she covers three counties in the South Bay Area: Alameda, San Mateo and San Francisco. She provides outreach into these counties to meet the needs of Infant Toddler Caregivers in training in the PITC six Essential Policies which go toward raising quality care for very young children in Group Care outside their families. Ms. Blair also teaches in the Community College system at De Anza College, and supports the PITC Demonstration site at Chabot College. Previously to training with PITC PQ she worked in the area of Parent Education through the local school districts in San Mateo. Her experience also includes directing in School Age, Infant Toddler and Preschool Programs in the Bay Area. She has a certification in Psychiatric Social Work from the UK and specialized in work with families and their adolescent children before coming to the States from UK in 1975. She received an MA in early childhood education from San Francisco State University.
Sharon Keplinger (Assistant Professor)Business, Design and Workforce - Early Childhood Education
Sharon has been an adjunct professor in the ECE/CD department at Cañada College since 1987. She has a BA in Child Development from California State University, Chico and a MA in Education from Stanford University. She has worked as a Teacher, Assistant Director, and Director in ECE programs since 1976 in the Bay Area. She worked for the Child Care Coordinating Council for 10 years in a variety of positions. For the past 15 years, she has been a Program Coordinator for the Palo Alto Unified School District. Her responsibilities include the preschool program, Young Fives and Parent Education programs.
Jan Lawrence (Assistant Professor)Business, Design and Workforce - Early Childhood Education
Jan earned her a Montessori Credential at Notre Dame University after earning a B.A. in Romance Linguistics at SFSU. She did additional graduate work with Dr. Rodgers of Vancouver University College researching second language acquisition utilizing the Montessori Method. She is currently the Director of the Early Learning Center at NDNU. She was invited to join the faculty of Cañada Community College in 1998 and continues serving as adjunct professor in the Department of Early Childhood Education/Child Development and teaches the courses in both English and Spanish. Her background in linguistics and experience with Italian bilingual education inspired the development of a methodology for second language acquisition through the arts and cooking with a strong emphasis on language as culture bound. This method has been used to teach both adults and children French, Spanish, and Italian. In 2000, she founded a Spanish language and culture community service project in Nayarit, Mexico called the Escuela de Juanita. In the Spring of 2008, she received a grant from the Trustee’s Fund of the San Mateo Community College District for a digital media project on the Montessori Early Childhood Model in its cultural context to contribute to its library system as a resource for instructors.
Julia Mannheimer (Assistant Professor)Business, Design and Workforce - Early Childhood Education
Julia joined the faculty of Cañada College in 1989 and has over 30 years of experience as an Early Childhood Specialist. Classes taught include: Child Development; Infant Development; Administration in ECE/Business and Legal; Anti-Bias Curriculum; The Teaching Experience; Communicating with Parents; and PreKindergarten Learning and Development Guidelines. She worked as a Teacher, Assistant Director and Director in ECE programs serving infants through school-age children and their families. She was the Executive Director of GeoKids, the parent co-op child care facility at the US Geological Survey in Menlo Park. Julia has worked as a consultant to ECE programs while employed by The Children’s Health Council in the Outreach to Child Care Program. She lives in Danville with her husband and son and continues to work as a parent educator and consultant.
Mauricio Palma (Assistant Professor)Business, Design and Workforce - Early Childhood Education
Mauricio is the director of the Early Learning and Education Initiatives at Silicon Valley Community Foundation. His career was launched from the Child Care Coordinating Council of San Mateo County where he led the creation of the Spanish Speaking Family Child Care Providers Association and the organization of family support networks in the region. In the course of his professional trek, he has worked hand-in-hand with parents, teachers, directors, principals, superintendents, service providers and faith leaders interested in family support and civic engagement practices. In addition to his community work, Mauricio has taught at City College of San Francisco and San Francisco State University, and has been teaching early childhood education for the San Mateo County Community College District since 1991.
Mary Anne Patterson (Assistant Professor)Business, Design and Workforce - Early Childhood Education
Maryanne received her Master’s degree from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena and has been teaching courses at Skyline and Cañada Colleges since 2002. Maryanne has been at the state level administering a state preschool program, center director for military child care centers, and director for city government child care programs and administering state preschool for a countywide program. She has been a presenter at local, state and national conference workshops on subjects related to child development, family support, and early school readiness. Maryanne is also a Professional Growth Advisor to many early childhood professionals. She is a board member to an early childhood program in San Mateo County.