Lucy Clark grew up in the 1940s and 1950’s in West Texas. She was a bright, inquisitive teen who was encouraged by her biology teacher to pursue math and science as a career. Dreaming large for her was becoming a physician. Excited about achieving her goal of helping others, she asked for a recommendation to… Read more »
Myriam Avery built on her Pacific Oaks College master’s thesis to open an international adoption agency. Today, this proud alumna is bringing hope to children who wait around the globe for a family to call their own. Myriam Avery is no stranger to adoption. At 10 years old, she was adopted by a stepparent. She… Read more »
As Pacific Oaks College’s first student to study abroad in South Africa, recent graduate Paula Swearingen reflects on how the experience prepared her for her current role in early childhood education. Paula Swearingen grew up playing “teacher,” often offering to babysit neighborhood kids for free. Even then, she knew early childhood education could change lives… Read more »
Pacific Oaks alumna Susan Wood lives her mission delivering science, technology, engineering, and math curriculum in early childhood education settings. An aspiring elementary school teacher, Susan Wood was studying at a local city college in Pasadena when she saw a job posting that intrigued her. “Preschool teacher wanted. No experience preferred.” It seemed almost too… Read more »
As an alumna of the Children’s School, what would you describe as some of your best memories there? Even though it was more than thirty years ago that I attended Pacific Oaks Children’s School as a youngster, I still have many vivid memories I cherish to this day. Mostly, I remember riding a tricycle up… Read more »
Tell me a little about what led to your decision to get a master’s degree from Pacific Oaks. One inspiration was watching the compassion of a nurse I encountered while in the service. I was injured in Iraq and woke up in the hospital surrounded by people I had been in combat with. One person… Read more »
Pacific Oaks College alumna Heaven Cisse received valuable hands-on practicum experience while finishing a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy. Within days of graduation, the agency offered her a full-time job.
Pacific Oaks College alumnus and recent “Teacher of the Year” award winner Byron Flitsch combines his fun-loving zest for life and early childhood education training to inspire his students to love writing.