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Early Childhood Education Certificate of Completion - Faculty

Rebecca Albright, MS received her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Portland State University in 2010 and her undergraduate degree from Penn State University in Human Development and Family Studies. She has been a teacher at Helen Gordon Child Development Center for the past ten years, working primarily with infants and toddlers.

Tim Andrews, MS, received his master's in Early Childhood Special Education from Portland State University in 1999.  For seven years, he taught a therapeutic, or behavior, classroom for kids in Multnomah County with identified special needs as well as mental health needs.  Since 2007, Tim has been the Early Childhood Positive Behavior Support Specialist with the Multnomah Early Childhood Program.  Tim consults to preschool classrooms, works in homes, and does trainings for agencies and staff.  Tim has been a member of the North West Positive Behavior Interventions and Support Network since 2009, where he is tasked with chairing the Early Childhood Strand for the annual PBIS conference in Oregon.  Tim also gives multiple presentations across the area to preschools, administrators, and community agencies and is a Master Trainer on the Oregon Registry.

Christine Chaille, PhD, is a professor and Chair of Curriculum and Instruction at Portland State University. She has been involved in promoting quality early childhood and elementary education through her teaching and research, and as past President of the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators. Dr. Chaille is author of Constructivist Across the Curriculum in Early Childhood Education: Big Ideas as Inspiration, and co-author of The Young Child As Scientist: A Constructivist Approach to Early Childhood Science Education, now in its third edition. She is currently writing a book on integrated math and science in the early childhood curriculum.

Lynn Green, MS is the Infant Toddler coordinator at the Helen Gordon Child Development Center at Portland State University. She has been in the early childhood field for more than 25 years with almost 17 of those years being spent at the Helen Gordon Center. Lynn Graduated from Pacific University with a Specialized BA that allowed her to practice as a Speech Therapist in the public school setting. She received her MS in Curriculum and Instruction with an ECE emphasis from Portland State University. Lynn also teaches as an adjunct at Portland State University. She is currently teaching a newly developed on-line course titled “Teaching and Learning with Competent Infants and Toddlers”, and is also scheduled to teach “Working with Diverse Families” this coming Fall and Winter terms.

Paige Light Beard is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Parent Educator in private practice in Southwest Portland. Her undergraduate degree was earned at Marylhurst College in Social Science and she holds a Graduate Degree in Counseling Psychology from Lewis and Clark College.  She completed PSU's Graduate Certificate Program in Infant/Toddler Mental Health in 2006.  Paige has been working to improve the lives of children and families in her community for the past 22 years.  She has worked in community mental health, corrections, schools, and hospital education program settings.  She has served on the Council for the Oregon Play Therapy Association, on a crisis response team for a school district, and was a founding member of the Oregon Infant Mental Health Association. 

Kimberly Long, MS, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist who has served individuals with communication disorders from birth to 99 years of age. Ms. Long is currently working for Multnomah Early Childhood Program as an evaluation specialist for ages birth to 5. She received a BS in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Texas at Austin and an MS from UT Dallas Callier Center for Communication Disorders.

Shiela Rector, MS, is an energetic teacher with over 20 years experience. She has taught children with a range of special needs in Oregon. Ms. Rector currently works with ESL students K-5 and is a doctoral student at Portland State.

Jamie Steinfeld, MA, received her Master’s of Arts in Elementary Education from Columbia University. Her teaching background reaches from Paraguay to New York City to Oregon. Her diverse experience in elementary education brings rich insight into the online classroom. Ms. Steinfeld’s expertise includes developmental reading and writing, classroom management, curriculum development, and inquiry-based mathematics.

Trudy Thierry, MS, has worked in the field of ECE for over 25 years as a teacher, coordinator, child care business owner, director, and Oregon Registry Master Trainer. She currently manages the Nike Tykes Center in the Nike Child Development Program, and is an adjunct instructor for Portland State University's Early Childhood Education Specialization Master's program.