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New Sierra College professor emphasizes value of interactive learning experiences

Nicole Cheslock
Special to the Sun
Veronyca M. Tiscareno
Courtesy photo |

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee, recently hired a new professor who will focus on early childhood education.

“There is nothing better than witnessing a child develop and achieve a task on their own; the pure happiness in that moment is what this career is all about,” shares Veronyca M. Tiscareno, a human development professor at Sierra College who also works at My Playground/Truckee Gymnastics.

She holds a bachelor degree with an emphasis on Children and Families from California State University, Fresno, and a masters with a specialization in Early Childhood Education from Ashford University.

Tiscareno recently facilitated an activity for a group of Sierra High School students who were visiting the Sierra College campus.

She read “Today I feel silly and other moods that make my day” by Jamie Lee Curtis before introducing a hands-on project.

The high schools students — and the adults in the room — immediately selected art supplies and began creating their own feeling wheels, depicting a range of emotions from happiness to pride, sadness, confusion, anger and love.

“Tiscareno has a knack for designing learning experiences that engage the senses and develop skills among young children, and she skillfully conveys this aptitude through interactive teaching strategies for students pursuing Human Development certificates and degrees,” explains Dr. Kim Bateman, Executive Dean of Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee.

Tiscareno will teach two of the required classes for the early childhood education certificates and college degree during the upcoming spring semester (Jan. 26 to May 22).

“Infant Toddler Care and Education” is offered on Wednesdays from 6:15-8:20 p.m., and “Health, Safety and Nutrition,” takes place from 6:15-9 p.m. on Tuesdays.

Enrollment has begun, and the online application is available at sierracollege.edu.

When asked about her career choice, Tiscareno explains, “I feel as though early childhood education chose me. The draw to work with this age group was always there. Since I was a young girl I wanted to work with children and share my zest for learning with them. Early childhood education is a continual adventure and process of discoveries.”

People interested in pursuing a career in nursery schools, day care centers and pre-Kindergarten programs are encouraged to explore early childhood education learning opportunities.

Sierra College classes cost $46 per unit (plus a $40 parking permit and materials). Current high school students can take advantage of the Ferrari Program to waive tuition charges.

“We are delighted to continue expanding our faculty and offer such high quality career and technical education programs to community members,” Bateman said. “Veronyca brings a passion for developing thoughtful educators and real world teaching experience to our campus.”

For information on Sierra College, visit 11001 College Trail in Truckee or call 530-550-2225. For a complete list of spring course offerings, visit sierracollege.edu.

Nicole Cheslock is Tahoe-Truckee’s Career Education Liaison for Sierra College. She can be reached at nicole@nicolecheslock.com.