The SCC Emeriti Affiliates, a group of retired faculty, staff and administrators, have selected Laurie Perry as the recipient of the EA Faculty Achievement Award. The award recognizes a faculty member who has made significant contributions in the areas of community service, leadership, fine arts performance, professional activities, teaching innovation and/or special projects.
As the Family and Consumer Science department co-chair and member of the Curriculum Committee, Professor Perry has mentored new faculty in ECE. She assists with course development and has worked to assist students with transfer before the development of the Transfer Majors. Through the Curriculum Alignment Process, Professor Perry was instrumental in supporting SCC in submitting the eight core Early Childhood Education courses recognized across the state of California. This development has alleviated many burdens for students moving between community colleges in the state.
One of her roles is to serve the ECE students of SCC as the coordinator for the Child Development Training Consortium. In this capacity she has helped more than 300 students apply for their Child Development Permits to teach in publically funded programs. She also coordinates the CDTC stipend program which serves over 70 employed ECE students each year and supports them with over $16,000 in stipends.
“If anyone was truly qualified to nominate her for this recognition, it would be the kids at the Child Development Center,” says her nominator. “Laurie not only teaches her students how to mentor and develop young children, but she does it herself—she is consistently interacting with the kids at the CDC, and helps the staff whenever she can. I have seen her on more than one occasion pushing the CDC kid buggie around campus, full of kids, many of whom are the children of staff and students.”
Laurie Perry earned a B.A. at University of Montana, an M.S. from the University of California, Davis and she has earned credentials for the Program for Infant Toddler Caregiving Trainer and has a Child Development Center Program Director Permit. She began her teaching career at SCC in 2000.