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Lorena Gonzalez
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Early Childhood EducationWatsonville Center


Lorena Gonzalez
Adjunct Instructor

Early Childhood Instructor

Master's in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College
With Cabrillo College since 2017

I stumbled into the field of Early Education, by accident, when I took a summer job in the Migrant Head Start program. I was in the process of completing a course requirement at Cabrillo College for my bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University (SCU). When I took this job, I thought it would only be for the summer but I fell in love with the children, went back to SCU, and changed my major. I also came back to Cabrillo College and obtained an Associates degree in Early Childhood Education.

For the next 25 years, I worked my way up from a Teacher Assistant, Teacher/Site Supervisor, Education Specialist, and Curriculum Trainer to Education Manager. Then seven years ago, I went back to school and obtained my Master’s degree in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College to support my leadership role. This accomplishment was only possible because Cabrillo College hosted Pacific Oaks College BA/MA program in the Aptos campus.

Currently, I work at Encompass Community Services in the Head Start Program as the Education Manager overseeing the preschool educational services for 396 children. In 2017, I became a Cabrillo College Early Childhood Education Adjunct instructor and in my new role, I am amazed at the student’s discussions, discoveries, and level of creativity displayed in their work for children and with each other. I honored to be working with such wonderful professors, students, and administrators who support our community of learners. My greatest joy in life is to know that we make a difference in the lives of people who then go into the world and make a difference in the lives of children.

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