Faculty

Johnny Castro serves as program coordinator for the Child Development Early Childhood Education Department. He earned his master's and bachelor's degrees from Texas Tech University. After completing his studies at Texas Tech University, he served as an infant and toddler teacher for the university lab school and served as a teacher coordinator and preschool teacher for the Texas Migrant Head Start program in the Panhandle Region. He also has taught in the Irving Independent School District as a bilingual kindergarten teacher. A member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC),  he has served on various committees and was an officer for the South Plains Association for the Education of Young Children. He conducts training sessions on various topics in the field of early childhood education and child care.

 

Jane Rowe, Ph.D., serves as program coordinator for Learning Framework (EDUC 1300) classes and teaches CDEC classes. She earned her doctorate from East Texas State University, a master's degree from the University of Tennessee and a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University.

Rowe has worked in the early childhood field in a variety of settings since 1973. She has taught kindergarten and first grade for Dallas ISD, and served as a child care director for the Brookhaven College Parent-Child Study Center and a corporate child center funded by the Zale foundation for teen mothers. She has been an active member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and has served as the affiliate president for Texas and the local Dallas AEYC. She was one of the pioneer validators for the NAEYC accrediting body for early childhood programs. She is currently an active advocate, trainer and community leader in the field of early childhood for the Dallas area.


Bernadette Rodriguez is full time faculty for the Child Development, Teacher Preparation, and Learning Framework courses. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s Degree from the University of North Texas and has worked in the field of early childhood for 18 years in a variety of capacities. Her work experience includes child care settings and in public schools in the Garland, Richardson and Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School Districts. She has taught bilingual kindergarten and holds teaching certifications in Early Childhood Education/Elementary Education and ESL/Bilingual Education. Her experience with children with special needs and their families comes from her work as an Early Intervention Specialist in the non-profit sector.

She is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Council for Exceptional Children. Professor Rodriguez has conducted trainings for parents and teachers in the area, including Head Start of Greater Dallas, local child care centers, and public schools. She is also active member of multiple campus committees that serve both the college and community.

Courses also are taught by highly qualified adjunct professors who have experience in the field of child development and early childhood education.

Administration

Ann Cortez earned her Bachelors of Arts in Arts and Humanities from the University of Texas at Dallas. Her experience includes work as a legal assistant at Dallas law firms.

She serves as the administrative assistant for the Radiology and Child Development Early Childhood Departments. She provides support for students regarding degree planning, advising and degree auditing.


Dean

Juanita Zapata Flint, Ph.D., RN, FNP-C is the executive dean of health and human services. Flint taught nursing for 23 years before stepping into the administrative role at the college in 2001. She oversees the nursing, EMS, radiologic technology and child development programs. She uses her bilingual skills to practice part-time as a family nurse practitioner to stay abreast of all the changes in the health care system, particularly nursing. She is an advocate for children's educational issues as well as their health issues. She serves on the Dallas Fort Worth Hospital Council Workforce Center: Allied Health Professions Workforce Collaborative; as an advisory member for the Biomedical Academy at RL Turner High School and Head Start of Dallas-Brookhaven Campus, is a member of Texas Association of Deans and Directors Professional Nursing Programs, Texas Nurse practitioners, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.