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EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR, IN-DEPTH: Making important Decisions

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Tom has spent eight years at various nursery schools in the Bay Area before founding Los Niños with his lifelong friend Judy O’leary. At San Francisco State he earned an E.C.E./Elementary Credential and did his graduate work in Early Childhood Education. He was a master teacher at DeAnza College with his mentor Doreen Croft, where he also did teacher training research.

School: San Francisco State University - UCSF
Degree: Education
Job Title: Teacher and School Director
Employer: Los Ninos Nursery School

Job Summary: Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare Center/Program

Job Description

Preschool and childcare center directors are responsible for all aspects of their program. They direct and lead staff, oversee daily activities, and prepare plans and budgets.

On-the-Job Training

None

Certification Requirement
Required by the Council for Professional Recognition.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$25,000 - $90,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Home, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, Leadership ability, People skills

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m='18250'>to</span> <span m='18340'>be,</span> <span m='18890'>and</span> <span m='21030'>regulations</span> <span m='21720'>have</span> <span m='21910'>to</span> <span m='21990'>be</span> <span m='22110'>enforced.</span> <span m='22750'>And</span> <span m='22900'>so</span> <span m='23230'>we</span> <span m='23490'>cooperate,</span> <span m='24060'>of</span> <span m='24130'>course.</span> <span m='24650'>And</span> <span m='24660'>I</span> <span m='24750'>think</span> <span m='24950'>it's</span> <span m='25110'>an</span> <span m='25200'>important</span> <span m='25680'>part</span> <span m='25960'>of</span> <span m='26040'>the</span> <span m='26170'>field</span> <span m='26550'>as</span> <span m='26680'>well.</span> <span m='27420'>But</span> <span m='27730'>the</span> <span m='27820'>rest</span> <span m='28140'>of</span> <span m='28240'>it</span> <span m='28380'>is</span> <span m='28610'>nothing</span> <span m='28920'>but</span> <span m='29140'>fun.</span> <span m='29950'>I've</span> <span m='30150'>never</span> <span m='30420'>had</span> <span m='30620'>any</span> <span m='30820'>day</span> <span m='31030'>that</span> <span m='31190'>I</span> <span m='31270'>didn't</span> <span m='31540'>enjoy</span> <span m='31830'>coming</span> <span m='32159'>to</span> <span m='32299'>work.</span> </p><p><span m='34710'>The</span> <span m='34810'>most</span> <span m='35090'>important</span> <span m='35500'>decisions</span> <span m='36290'>I</span> <span m='36400'>think</span> <span m='36730'>people</span> <span m='37020'>make</span> <span m='37510'>when</span> <span m='38820'>they're</span> <span m='38990'>building</span> <span m='39350'>a</span> <span m='39430'>career</span> <span m='39900'>is</span> <span m='43150'>finding</span> <span m='43760'>mentors,</span> <span m='44750'>that</span> <span m='44980'>you</span> <span m='45180'>can</span> <span m='46050'>learn</span> <span m='46380'>from,</span> <span m='47270'>and</span> <span m='47440'>then</span> <span m='47930'>listening</span> <span m='49000'>to</span> <span m='49140'>those</span> <span m='49410'>mentors.</span> <span m='49880'>A</span> <span m='49960'>lot</span> <span m='50150'>of</span> <span m='50230'>people</span> <span m='51070'>have</span> <span m='51230'>an</span> <span m='51310'>opportunity</span> <span m='51990'>to</span> <span m='52130'>learn</span> <span m='52430'>from</span> <span m='52650'>others</span> <span m='53730'>and</span> <span m='53940'>don't</span> <span m='54210'>take</span> <span m='54440'>that</span> <span m='54630'>opportunity</span> <span m='55240'>and</span> <span m='55370'>put</span> <span m='55570'>it</span> <span m='55670'>into</span> <span m='55890'>play.</span> <span m='56720'>But</span> <span m='56940'>I</span> <span m='57150'>learned</span> <span m='57480'>from</span> <span m='57660'>people</span> <span m='58010'>that</span> <span m='58110'>were</span> <span m='58270'>very</span> <span m='58530'>valuable</span> <span m='59070'>to</span> <span m='59190'>me</span> <span m='60330'>and</span> <span m='60500'>making</span> <span m='60890'>lots</span> <span m='61160'>of</span> <span m='61240'>decisions</span> <span m='61900'>in</span> <span m='62000'>life.</span> <span m='62360'>And</span> <span m='62560'>then</span> <span m='62730'>I</span> <span m='63620'>followed</span> <span m='64050'>the</span> <span m='64280'>advice</span> <span m='64780'>of</span> <span m='64879'>good</span> <span m='65090'>people.</span> <span m='65459'>So</span> <span m='66950'>mentors,</span> <span m='68330'>friendships,</span> <span m='69440'>it's</span> <span m='69650'>all</span> <span m='69850'>very</span> <span m='70130'>personal.</span> <span m='72830'>It</span> <span m='73620'>has</span> <span m='73930'>a</span> <span m='73990'>lot</span> <span m='74230'>to</span> <span m='74320'>do</span> <span m='74480'>with</span> <span m='74620'>good</span> <span m='74810'>fortune</span> <span m='75740'>and</span> <span m='75880'>it</span> <span m='75970'>has</span> <span m='76200'>a</span> <span m='76260'>lot</span> <span m='76480'>to</span> <span m='76560'>do</span> <span m='76720'>with</span> <span m='77000'>making</span> <span m='77640'>decisions</span> <span m='78320'>the</span> <span m='79370'>allow</span> <span m='79625'>you</span> <span m='79880'>to</span> <span m='79990'>benefit</span> <span m='80490'>from</span> <span m='80660'>that</span> <span m='80850'>good</span> <span m='81030'>fortune.</span> </p><p><span m='83010'>Well,</span> <span m='83230'>early</span> <span m='83500'>childhood</span> <span m='83960'>education/child</span> <span m='86810'>care</span> <span m='88110'>will</span> <span m='88330'>always</span> <span m='88740'>be</span> <span m='88950'>around.</span> <span m='89520'>We're</span> <span m='89690'>always</span> <span m='90060'>going</span> <span m='90300'>to</span> <span m='90370'>need</span> <span m='91620'>good</span> <span m='91850'>people</span> <span m='92700'>to</span> <span m='92840'>care</span> <span m='93110'>for</span> <span m='93280'>young</span> <span m='93550'>children.</span> <span m='94610'>That</span> <span m='95430'>this</span> <span m='95840'>particular</span> <span m='96570'>format</span> <span m='97230'>is</span> <span m='97570'>probably</span> <span m='98290'>waning--</span> <span m='98820'>in</span> <span m='98970'>other</span> <span m='99150'>words,</span> <span m='99460'>a</span> <span m='100490'>three</span> <span m='100820'>hour</span> <span m='101510'>three</span> <span m='101790'>day</span> <span m='103020'>program</span> <span m='103610'>for</span> <span m='103780'>young</span> <span m='104050'>children</span> <span m='104570'>that's</span> <span m='104770'>play-based.</span> <span m='106170'>It's</span> <span m='106410'>not</span> <span m='106710'>meeting</span> <span m='107050'>the</span> <span m='107130'>needs</span> <span m='107430'>of</span> <span m='107560'>working</span> <span m='107910'>parents,</span> <span m='108440'>and</span> <span m='108690'>that,</span> <span m='108930'>unfortunately,</span> <span m='109750'>has</span> <span m='109970'>become</span> <span m='110330'>the</span> <span m='110430'>new</span> <span m='110560'>paradigm.</span> <span m='112040'>That</span> <span m='113260'>people</span> <span m='113590'>will</span> <span m='113790'>always</span> <span m='114220'>be</span> <span m='114360'>needed</span> <span m='114800'>to</span> <span m='114960'>work</span> <span m='115240'>with</span> <span m='115400'>young</span> <span m='115660'>children</span> <span m='116180'>in</span> <span m='116370'>their</span> <span m='116530'>care</span> <span m='117250'>is</span> <span m='117540'>a</span> <span m='117830'>fact,</span> <span m='118450'>and</span> <span m='118630'>I</span> <span m='118710'>think</span> <span m='118990'>it's</span> <span m='119330'>going</span> <span m='119600'>to</span> <span m='119770'>provide</span> <span m='120320'>opportunities</span> <span m='120980'>for</span> <span m='121110'>employment</span> <span m='123870'>from</span> <span m='124050'>now</span> <span m='124270'>on.</span> <span m='125060'>But</span> <span m='125440'>to</span> <span m='125530'>have</span> <span m='125770'>this</span> <span m='125980'>particular</span> <span m='126640'>niche</span> <span m='127310'>is</span> <span m='127620'>probably</span> <span m='128389'>not</span> <span m='129360'>very</span> <span m='129570'>likely.</span> <span m='130020'>I'm</span> <span m='130660'>very</span> <span m='130870'>fortunate</span> <span m='131440'>to</span> <span m='131510'>be</span> <span m='131680'>able</span> <span m='131860'>to</span> <span m='131940'>live</span> <span m='132210'>off</span> <span m='132520'>of</span> <span m='132730'>the</span> <span m='134140'>this</span> <span m='136870'>program.</span> </p><p><span m='137830'>Well,</span> <span m='138990'>work/life</span> <span m='139670'>balance</span> <span m='140150'>is</span> <span m='140330'>not</span> <span m='140680'>really</span> <span m='141020'>an</span> <span m='141130'>issue</span> <span m='141570'>for</span> <span m='141860'>me.</span> <span m='144250'>My</span> <span m='144390'>work</span> <span m='145760'>and</span> <span m='145920'>my</span> <span m='146050'>life</span> <span m='146490'>are</span> <span m='147390'>sort</span> <span m='148150'>of</span> <span m='148770'>blended</span> <span m='149230'>here</span> <span m='149480'>at</span> <span m='149560'>Los</span> <span m='149840'>Ninos.</span> <span m='150910'>Actually</span> <span m='152100'>met</span> <span m='152390'>my</span> <span m='152530'>wife,</span> <span m='154070'>she</span> <span m='154520'>was</span> <span m='154670'>walking</span> <span m='155090'>by</span> <span m='155280'>the</span> <span m='155390'>school</span> <span m='156660'>and</span> <span m='156960'>then all</span> <span m='157240'>my</span> <span m='157430'>children</span> <span m='157890'>came</span> <span m='158200'>here.</span> <span m='160390'>I've</span> <span m='160560'>been</span> <span m='160740'>able--</span> <span m='161030'>because</span> <span m='161380'>of</span> <span m='161450'>the</span> <span m='161540'>work</span> <span m='161810'>schedule--</span> <span m='162240'>I've</span> <span m='162380'>been</span> <span m='162530'>able</span> <span m='162770'>to</span> <span m='162930'>enjoy</span> <span m='163410'>being</span> <span m='163770'>a</span> <span m='163830'>parent</span> <span m='165740'>probably</span> <span m='166060'>much</span> <span m='166310'>more</span> <span m='166510'>than</span> <span m='166620'>most</span> <span m='166980'>men</span> <span m='167870'>because</span> <span m='168230'>I</span> <span m='168300'>had</span> <span m='168470'>so</span> <span m='168670'>much</span> <span m='168920'>time</span> <span m='169210'>to</span> <span m='169400'>enjoy</span> <span m='169760'>my</span> <span m='170000'>children</span> <span m='170900'>growing</span> <span m='171300'>up.</span> </p><p><span m='173780'>And</span> <span m='173990'>even</span> <span m='174250'>now</span> <span m='174960'>as</span> <span m='175240'>I'm</span> <span m='175420'>older,</span> <span m='175920'>I'm</span> <span m='176150'>able</span> <span m='176400'>to</span> <span m='176560'>enjoy</span> <span m='176880'>lots</span> <span m='177280'>of</span> <span m='177430'>things</span> <span m='177760'>outside</span> <span m='178360'>of</span> <span m='178450'>the</span> <span m='178580'>school</span> <span m='179970'>that</span> <span m='180350'>are</span> <span m='180940'>of</span> <span m='181070'>interest</span> <span m='181470'>to</span> <span m='181590'>me.</span> <span m='181980'>And</span> <span m='182190'>it</span> <span m='182290'>doesn't</span> <span m='182620'>jeopardize</span> <span m='183230'>my</span> <span m='183440'>engagement</span> <span m='184080'>here</span> <span m='184260'>at</span> <span m='184400'>the</span> <span m='184480'>nursery</span> <span m='184840'>school.</span> <span m='185140'>So</span> <span m='186060'>yeah,</span> <span m='186200'>work/life</span> <span m='186840'>balance</span> <span m='187230'>has</span> <span m='187400'>always</span> <span m='187660'>been</span> <span m='187860'>very,</span> <span m='189260'>very</span> <span m='191220'>easy</span> <span m='191520'>for</span> <span m='191780'>me.</span> </p><p><span m='192610'>So</span> <span m='192760'>babysitting</span> <span m='193970'>jobs</span> <span m='194330'>that</span> <span m='194510'>I</span> <span m='194670'>took</span> <span m='194930'>over</span> <span m='195200'>for</span> <span m='195390'>my</span> <span m='195590'>sister</span> <span m='196100'>in</span> <span m='196210'>the</span> <span m='196280'>high</span> <span m='196440'>school</span> <span m='196760'>years,</span> <span m='199030'>that</span> <span m='199190'>would</span> <span m='199320'>be</span> <span m='199450'>the</span> <span m='199610'>only</span> <span m='199770'>thing</span> <span m='199940'>was</span> <span m='200110'>directly</span> <span m='200580'>connected</span> <span m='201090'>to</span> <span m='201210'>the</span> <span m='201330'>high</span> <span m='201560'>school</span> <span m='201930'>years</span> <span m='202630'>as</span> <span m='202890'>far</span> <span m='203130'>as</span> <span m='203280'>this</span> <span m='203560'>career.</span> <span m='204790'>But</span> <span m='204930'>it</span> <span m='205010'>was</span> <span m='205210'>a</span> <span m='205360'>time</span> <span m='205810'>in</span> <span m='205920'>life</span> <span m='206390'>when</span> <span m='206870'>you're</span> <span m='207190'>discovering</span> <span m='207920'>lots</span> <span m='208220'>of</span> <span m='208350'>things</span> <span m='208690'>about</span> <span m='208960'>yourself.</span> <span m='209750'>And</span> <span m='209930'>I</span> <span m='210040'>found</span> <span m='210460'>that</span> <span m='210590'>I</span> <span m='210650'>really</span> <span m='210960'>liked</span> <span m='211250'>working</span> <span m='211600'>with</span> <span m='211770'>children.</span> <span m='212190'>I</span> <span m='212570'>liked</span> <span m='212870'>being</span> <span m='213220'>around</span> <span m='213560'>young</span> <span m='213840'>children,</span> <span m='214970'>and</span> <span m='215120'>that</span> <span m='215520'>I didn't</span> <span m='215910'>find it</span> <span m='216040'>at</span> <span m='216160'>all</span> <span m='218340'>uncomfortable</span> <span m='218850'>for</span> <span m='219100'>me.</span> <span m='219800'>A</span> <span m='219910'>lot</span> <span m='220130'>of</span> <span m='220250'>men</span> <span m='220520'>do,</span> <span m='220950'>and</span> <span m='221140'>I</span> <span m='221230'>just</span> <span m='221510'>felt</span> <span m='221880'>that it</span> <span m='221970'>was</span> <span m='222140'>a</span> <span m='222200'>lot</span> <span m='222400'>of</span> <span m='222500'>fun.</span> </p><p><span m='223380'>And</span> <span m='223780'>so</span> <span m='223980'>I</span> <span m='224110'>began</span> <span m='224490'>to</span> <span m='224580'>think</span> <span m='224810'>that</span> <span m='225030'>I might</span> <span m='225240'>be</span> <span m='225360'>a</span> <span m='225450'>teacher</span> <span m='226110'>in</span> <span m='226240'>high</span> <span m='226420'>school.</span> <span m='226760'>I</span> <span m='226880'>also</span> <span m='227250'>admired</span> <span m='227760'>my high</span> <span m='228050'>school</span> <span m='228360'>teachers</span> <span m='228750'>so</span> <span m='228930'>much,</span> <span m='229590'>and</span> <span m='229870'>I</span> <span m='230000'>remember</span> <span m='230400'>thinking</span> <span m='230750'>that</span> <span m='230960'>they</span> <span m='231060'>made</span> <span m='231300'>a</span> <span m='231360'>difference</span> <span m='231780'>in</span> <span m='231880'>my</span> <span m='232040'>life</span> <span m='232400'>and</span> <span m='232500'>maybe</span> <span m='232800'>I</span> <span m='232890'>could</span> <span m='233090'>make</span> <span m='233280'>a</span> <span m='233350'>difference</span> <span m='233780'>in</span> <span m='233870'>some</span> <span m='234165'>lives</span> <span m='234460'>by</span> <span m='235050'>being</span> <span m='235310'>involved</span> <span m='235740'>in</span> <span m='235880'>education.</span> <span m='238420'>But</span> <span m='238770'>high</span> <span m='238890'>school</span> <span m='239270'>for</span> <span m='239440'>me</span> <span m='239660'>was</span> <span m='239900'>social--</span> <span m='240920'>a</span> <span m='241180'>very,</span> <span m='241640'>very</span> <span m='241830'>social</span> <span m='242290'>time.</span> <span m='243180'>And</span> <span m='243820'>maybe</span> <span m='244370'>the</span> <span m='244680'>comfort</span> <span m='245320'>that</span> <span m='245500'>I</span> <span m='245610'>feel</span> <span m='246200'>socially</span> <span m='246870'>is</span> <span m='247170'>a</span> <span m='247230'>part</span> <span m='247510'>of</span> <span m='247600'>my</span> <span m='247730'>business</span> <span m='248310'>too.</span> <span m='249930'>You</span> <span m='250050'>have</span> <span m='250230'>to</span> <span m='250330'>work</span> <span m='250550'>with</span> <span m='251010'>people</span> <span m='252100'>every</span> <span m='252420'>day</span> <span m='252760'>very</span> <span m='253110'>closely,</span> <span m='255410'>make</span> <span m='255810'>your</span> <span m='255960'>rapport</span> <span m='256519'>with</span> <span m='257220'>young</span> <span m='257440'>families</span> <span m='257980'>be</span> <span m='258100'>very</span> <span m='258399'>much</span> <span m='258630'>a</span> <span m='258680'>part</span> <span m='258950'>of</span> <span m='259019'>the</span> <span m='259110'>business.</span> <span m='259740'>So</span> <span m='261050'>you</span> <span 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