Early Childhood Education Faculty Bios
Pauline Camuti-Cull began her studies in Early Childhood Education at Centennial College. Here she developed a passion for learning and commitment to the profession. She continued her studies at Ryerson University, where she completed her Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education (Honors). She completed her post-graduate work at the Institute of Child Study at the University of Toronto. As a long serving Professor and Coordinator of the Full-Time Early Childhood Education Program at Progress Campus, Pauline works passionately to support student learning. She is excited to share her practical and theoretic knowledge and recognizes and celebrates the experience and skills which students bring to their learning. She applies a “learner centered” approach which motivates student engagement, facilitates success and optimizes the classroom experience. Her passion for the arts is incorporated in the classroom through the application of sensory rich and fun learning opportunities. Pauline teaches a range of courses in the program, her primary areas of specialization include Curriculum and Child Abuse. As a registered Early Childhood Educator, she is committed to enhancing the quality early childhood education services available to children and families through community participation in an advocacy capacity.
Marah G. Echavez
Marah Echavez is a professor in the Early Childhood Education program at Centennial College and a Registered Early Childhood Educator. She completed her Bachelor of Education in Adult Education at Brock University and is a graduate of the Early Childhood Education program at Centennial College. Prior to teaching, she worked at Centennial College Progress Campus Childcare Centre Lab as an Early Childhood Educator. She began her teaching career in both the Full-time and Continuing Education ECE programs. She strives to create an environment that promotes transformative learning through discussion, practice and mentoring.
Lynn Haines is a Registered Early Childhood Educator and a Certified Member of the AECEO. She celebrates over forty years in the field of Early Childhood Education currently as a Professor/Coordinator in the ECE Diploma Program at Centennial College and previously beginning her career working as an RECE/ Director for Friends Child Care Centre in Toronto. As an ECE graduate from Centennial College through our part-time studies model she understands the energy it takes to raise a family, have a job and study. Lynn also attended Brock University to study in Adult Education, and this learning provided the balance of education she uses in her teaching in Centennial’s Early Childhood Program. Two main areas of study that Lynn shares with students are courses relating to Understanding and Communicating with Families and Advocacy as a Global Citizen. Caring for the well being of others has been a major part of Lynn's life path. Providing support is what she truly believes brings communities of people together. Her Personal Continuous Learning has been to become a Certified Trainer in Mental Health First-Aid and to work at making a difference. Lynn believes that we have the responsibility to move our Early Childhood Education Profession forward and to model goals through mentoring and leadership, while exploring new pathways for change.
Dwayne Locke is a professor in the Early Childhood Education Program, a graduate from Ryerson University and George Brown College. Dwayne is also registered with the College of Early Childhood Education. He began his career with the City of Toronto and brings a wealth of experience to the Early Childhood Education Program, with many years serving families as a family counsellor and a child advocate supporting families at risk. Dwayne’s areas of interest and involvement include helping first generation students realize their goals to graduate from college through Helping Youth Pursue Education (HYPE), and the role of internationalization, particularly in the field of early childhood education. As such, Dwayne was fortunate to lead two cohorts to Ghana, Africa as a part of Centennial College signature learning experience. Dwayne currently teaches a number of courses, including Curriculum, Child Development, Understanding and Communicating with Families and Child Abuse.
Lisa McCaie is a full-time professor, teaching Early Childhood Education at Progress Campus. She is a Centennial College graduate, having earned an Early Childhood Education diploma and a Resource Consultant postgraduate diploma. She also holds a Centennial College Adult Education certificate and a Bachelor of Education in Adult Education from Brock University. Lisa has worked for a variety of child care centres and settings with the City of Toronto Children’s Services as an Early Childhood Educator and as a Resource Educator. As a registered Early Childhood Educator, Lisa shares her passion for children, their families and for the field of Early Childhood Education with her students. Lisa believes that the best learning happens when students are interested, engaged, challenged and supported.
Angela Provo has spent over 25 years in the field of Early Childhood Education, and believes that relationships that are nurtured from the beginning and challenged along the way flourish successfully. As a graduate of Centennial College – Early Childhood Education Program and Acadia University – Recreation Management, this has been her approach both as a frontline educator in a variety of community service environments and in her many classes at Centennial College. When students enter Post-Secondary Education, they all come with the dream and desire to be successful in their chosen vocation, and she believes it is the responsibility of Faculty to keep that dream and desire alive. The relationships that Professor Provo has with her students is birthed through mutual respect, opportunities to critically think and the self-discovery and development of personal potential.
Jenny Quianzon was inspired to become the best parent possible, with this in mind she enrolled in the Early Childhood Education program at Centennial College. During her time in the program, Jenny realized that she truly had a passion for this type of work, and decided to continue her studies at Ryerson University, earning a BA in Early Childhood Education. She then completed the Teacher of Adults training in the evenings, while working full time. While teaching in the Program part time, she worked in the community for a number of different non-profit organizations, including Centennial College Progress Child Care Centre, the Ontario Early Years Centre (OEYC), YWCA Toronto-Beatrice House and Agincourt Community Services Association. She brings her varied experiences working with children and families into the classroom and enjoys helping students reach their full potential. Jenny began teaching in the Early Childhood Education program at Centennial College 12 years ago, and joined the team as a full time Professor in 2011.
Karen Campbell is a full-time professor at Centennial College (Ashtonbee Campus). With over twenty-five years of teaching experience, Karen has developed and taught courses in the Early Childhood Education program, in both the ECE and ECA academic streams. She has also acted in the capacity of Coordinator of the Early Childhood Education department at Centennial.
A graduate of the Harvard School of Education (Masters in Education with a focus on reading, language and learning disabilities), Karen enjoyed tutoring young children in the Harvard reading lab. She earned her Bachelor of Education (Elementary Level) and completed her practice teaching in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Karen graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Guelph. Prior to her university studies, she earned her ECE Diploma at Mohawk College. Following graduation from Mohawk College, Karen accepted a position as an Early Childhood Educator at the Banff Child Community Centre (Banff, AB).
In her spare time, Karen enjoys family, skiing, camping and kayak adventures and is the proud owner of two wonderful Siberian Forest Cats.
With over 35 years in Early Childhood Education and 25 years in Adult Education, Maria has spent her entire career working with children, mentoring and teaching ECE students.
Faculty at the Ashtonbee campus (12 years, coordinator 2 years) and has taught in all areas of the program.
Maria is a RECE and B.Ed Adult Education. She is co-author of Think! Communication Canada ed. (2013, Pearson).
Chris has worked as faculty at Ashtonbee campus for 20 years, teaching in all aspects of the program. She has recently become excited by blended and online teaching and has completed the Blended and Online Teaching Certificate. She is also a member of two on campus committees (the Academic Technology Champions and the Educational Technology Committee), committed to providing excellence in both in class and online courses.
With a B.A. in Psychology and a diploma in Early Childhood Education Chris has worked in a variety of Early Childhood Education settings for over 30 years. This experience includes child care centres, supervising licensed home child care and working with children with special needs.