Coley is in her third year with Children’s World Montessori, co-teaching with Shayne in the room 6 preschool classroom. Her first year with Children’s World was as language development teacher in the Hallway, followed by a year as preschool teacher at the Garfield site.
Previously to her 2005 move to Oregon, Coley worked as head teacher for Taylor Mountain Child Development Center in Sebastopol, California. Taylor Mountain is an NAEYC accredited state funded site which provides a preschool/daycare program for low income families. At the request of the site director, Coley developed and implemented an individual program for a child with selective mutism, a syndrome in which a child is able to speak at home but fears to have her voice heard by others. Before taking her position at Taylor Mountain, Coley worked at Petaluma Enrichment Care as head teacher for preschoolers and as before and after school care provider for primary school children, kindergartners and preschoolers. The preschool program was a pre kindergarten program, with emphasis on academics. Both schools served predominately Spanish speaking populations with the majority of the teaching, parent teacher conferences and child development assessments done in Spanish.
Coley’s introduction to work with young children was as founder, director, and teacher of Bodega Branch Preschool, a small, private preschool on a ranch in the hills of Sonoma County. She taught and directed the school for eleven years and was director and substitute teacher there for another five years. The school was a parent cooperative, with parents volunteering one day a week at the school.
Until her move to Oregon, Coley spent all of her adult life in rural Sonoma County, raising her three children, gardening, and raising many and sundry animals. Her major interests outside of her work with young children are art and music, painting being her primary focus. She has sung in choirs and other vocal ensembles for most of her life, writes choral music that has been performed by various choirs, and enjoys playing auto harp and guitar, performing, and singing with her friends.
Coley attended the University of California at Riverside as a Regents’ Scholar and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Spanish, with one year of study at the University of Madrid, Spain. She has nineteen units of Early Childhood Education, including an on site practicum course, from Santa Rosa Junior College in Santa Rosa, California. She holds a Site Directors Permit from the State of California Department of Education.
Professional Growth trainings include:
- Child Development Facility Accreditation Project Learning Modules in Environments, Human Relationships, and Diversity presented by CAEYC
- 2004 Striving for Excellence Conference presented by Marin Child Care Conference with Janet Gonzalez-Mena