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COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL Introduction human services with a focus on early childhood care and educa- tion, an MA in educational thought and sociocultural studies, a BA in philosophy, and an AA in early childhood education. • Lauren Michael: Lauren is a Training and Development Con- sultant for New Mexico PreK, providing training and on-site support to New Mexico PreK teachers. She has been in the field of early childhood education for eleven years and has taught in both infant/toddler and pre-K classrooms. She has a BA in early childhood and multicultural education and is currently in the process of completing an MA in early childhood curriculum and instruction. • Rosemary Neely: Rosemary has been a Family Literacy Teacher in the Title I Even Start Family Literacy Program in the Al- buquerque Public Schools, working with three-, four-, and five-year-olds for the past eight years. The primary focus of the program is to encourage family literacy. She has worked with young children for twenty years and has a BS in early childhood education and a master’s in multicultural early childhood. • Robin Sampaga: Robin is a kindergarten teacher, a Lead Men- tor Trainer, and an Early Childhood Leader (ELL teacher, inclu- sion teacher) in Albuquerque Public Schools. She has taught preschool, kindergarten, and first, second, and third grades for twenty-eight years both in the United States and internation- ally. She has a BS in early childhood education and an MA in education. • Sarah Simms: Sarah is Interim Consultant Program Manager for New Mexico PreK. She has worked in the field of early child- hood education for twelve years with very diverse populations, including infants, toddlers, preschoolers, school-age children, and college students as a classroom teacher, a center mentor, and a program administrator. She has a degree in human devel- opment and family studies with an emphasis in early childhood education. • Kathy Stewart: Kathy is Director of St. Saviour’s Church Nurs- ery School in Old Greenwich, Connecticut, and has worked with young children as a teacher and center director for more than twenty years. Over the past six years, she has worked dili- gently in partnership with the Greenwich Board of Education COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL 9