Greetings! My name is Amy Carnahan-Cook. I am from Fresno, Ca; born and raised. My husband and I (and our two dogs, yellow Lab: Dessy 10 yrs., and Pug: Ralph 3 yrs) relocated to be closer to family and friends, and for this opportunity to teacher here at MJC!!! My husband is a Bass Fishermen and we enjoy spending our free time on the lake. I am excited for this semester and looking forward to meeting everyone soon!
I have been actively involved in the field of Early Childhood Education for 17 years. During that time I have served in a variety of roles from infant/toddler to preschool, as an assistant teacher, master teacher, mentor teacher. I have been working here at MJC for the past year as full time Faculty for Child Development. I have also taught as an adjunct instructor for Brandman University, Fresno City College, and Reedley Community College. Prior to coming to MJC I worked Fresno County Office of Education; where I worked in the Early Care & Education Department support our local QRIS efforts for 3 years. My classroom expereicne working with children expands over 10 years and included working at Clovis Community College Center Child Development Center, California State University Fresno Huggins Early Education Center and Fresno City College Child Development Center.
I attended Pacific Oaks College, and hold an M.A. in Human Development with a focus in Leadership in Education and Human Services and a specialization in College Teaching/Teaching Adults. I also have a B.A. in Human Development with a specialization in Infant/Toddler Development.
I also have a very strong and passionate background with the Reggio Approach. I had the opportunity to tour Reggio Emilia, Italy in 2006. I currently hold a California Child Development Director Permit, serve on Board of Directors for Central CAEYC, and am a Trainer in the following ECE tools; PITC, Strengthening Families, ASQ’s, CLASS, PAS, and DRDP.
I will be available to you throughout this process in a variety of ways! For extra support see what fits you best from the information below:
I look forward to working with you this semester,