Early Childhood Education
What is this program all about?
Lesson planning, teaching skills, nutrition, and menu planning are learned in the classroom and applied when students begin working with children three to five years of age in Maxwell's Early Childhood Lab.
Note: The State of Georgia requires all employees in Georgia child care facilities (ie: students enrolled in Maxwell's Early Childhood Education Program, ECE) to undergo a national criminal background check. Students enrolled in ECE will be subject to the rule. The cost of the background check will be covered by the ECE program for those students accepted into the program.
Courses & Credits
Early Childhood Education I
Course Description: The Early Childhood Education I course is the foundational course under the Early Childhood Care & Education pathway and prepares the student for employment in early childhood education and services. The course addresses the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors associated with supporting and promoting optimal growth and development of infants and children. The pre-requisite for this course is advisor approval
Early Childhood Education II
Course Description: Early Childhood Education II is the second course in the Early Childhood Care and Education pathway and further prepares the student for employment in early childhood care and education services. The course provides a history of education, licensing and accreditation requirements, and foundations of basic observation practices and applications. Early childhood care, education, and development issues are also addressed and include health, safety, and nutrition education; certification in CPR/First Aid/Fire Safety; information about child abuse and neglect; symptoms and prevention of major childhood illnesses and diseases; and prevention and control of communicable illnesses.
Early Childhood Education Practicum
Course Description: The practicum offers a candidate in the Early Childhood Education career pathway a field experience under the direct supervision of a certified early childhood educator (mentor). This field experience may be used as partial requirements for the candidate to earn the nationally recognized CDA credential. The practicum stresses observing, analyzing, and classifying activities of the mentor and comparing personal traits with those of successful early childhood educators. The candidate intern will develop a portfolio of their skills, plan and teach a lesson or lessons, understand and practice confidentiality as it pertains to the teaching profession, meet the needs of students with special needs, maintain the safety of the students, practice professionalism, and demonstrate ethical behavior.
Embedded Credit: Science
Ms. Jennifer Mundy
My name is Jennifer Mundy and I have been teaching in Gwinnett County for seventeen years. I began teaching at Maxwell HS in 2014 but, I am not new to Maxwell! I actually was a student in the Early Childhood Education program as a senior in high school. It is a wonderful opportunity to return to the place that started my career in education. I spent 11 years teaching kindergarten at Lawrenceville Elementary. I feel the knowledge I bring from being a teacher in an early childhood classroom is a benefit to the high school students I am now teaching.
I graduated from North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee, Georgia. I then continued my education at Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Georgia where I received my Bachelor's Degree in Education. I earned my Master's Degree in Reading and Literacy Instruction through Walden University. I earned my Educational Specialist Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Georgia.
I now live in Loganville with my cat- Roxy and my dog- Loki. I love watching UGA football (Go Dawgs!) and hanging out with my friends and family. In my free time I can be found with my Kindle reading a book or in the kitchen baking!
If you need to contact me feel free to call me at 770.338.4617 and leave a message. I will get back to you as soon as I can. You can also email me at Jennifer.Mundy@gcpsk12.org.
Mrs. Karey McFall
My name is Karey McFall and I have been teaching in Gwinnett County for seventeen years. I began teaching at Maxwell High School in 2017 and I am excited to share my seventeen years of experience with future educators. I spent fifteen years teaching Kindergarten and before that I taught second grade. As a second grader I knew that I wanted to be a teacher when I grew up and now I have the opportunity to allow high school students a wonderful hands on experience.
I grew up in Gwinnett County and graduated from North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee, Georgia. I then continued my education at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Georgia where I received my Bachelor’s of Education. I earned my Master’s Degree in Reading and Literacy Instruction through Walden University. I completed my Specialist Degree in Leadership Instruction from Lincoln Memorial in Tennessee.
I have lived in Dacula for the past sixteen years with my family. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have two children, Austin and Ella. When I am not teaching I enjoy traveling, hanging out with family and friends, watching my son play baseball, Ella cheer and playing with our dogs, Lady.
If you need to contact me please feel free to call me at (770)338-4610 and leave a message. I will get back to you as soon as I can. You can also e-mail me at Karey.McFall@gcpsk12.org - I look forward to working with you this year!
Certifications and Partnerships
CPR, First Aid, AED for infant, child, and adult
Fire Safety for Day Care Providers
Gwinnett County Fire Education Department
Gwinnett Technical College
Gwinnett County Public Schools
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