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More than a Motto

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Patty Clarkson

Dr. Patty Clarkson

Patty Clarkson is an early education professional who has over 30 years of experience as an administrator, principal, director, teacher, seminar leader and consultant. Patty received her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership (with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education) from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She received a BS in Psychology and Human Development and a MA in Education Administration from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. Patty’s research interests include the impact of college lab programs in supporting student’s constructivist views. Patty co-authored A Developmental Approach to Educating Young Children (Corwin, 2010) and a case study featuring the Learning Lab in More Than A Motto (Volume 1, 2017). In addition to directing the Lab program, Patty also teaches the CD230 Lab course as well as various other Child Development/Early Education courses. Patty continues to consult throughout the state with schools and early education programs in areas of staff development, quality practices, operational guidelines, and licensing regulation support.


Kari Applegate

Kari Applegate
Early Childhood Master Teacher

Kari has been the Master Teacher at the Learning Lab since September of 2012. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in child development (CD) from Cal Poly and her Master’s in early childhood education (ECE) from Fresno State University. In between degrees, Kari experienced many different areas of the CD and ECE fields including teaching, early intervention, and preschool program consulting on inclusion and behavior. She was also program coordinator for state CD programs for Community Action Partnership. She enjoys helping children discover and grow a love for learning!

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Jennifer Jipson, Chair 47-24C

Denise Daniels 47-21D 805-756-2106

Jasna Jovanovic

47-21B 805-756-2611
Linda Lee 47-21Q 805-756-6131

Jessica Kaczorowski

47-21P 805-756-2077
Amber Williams 47-24A1 805-756-2033

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