April 2017 Member of the Month
Jacqueline Wyse Folsom Cordova USD
CCDAA is proud to announce our April Member of the Month for 2017 is Jacqueline Wyse, Coordinator of Early Childhood Education for the Folsom Cordova Unified School District. A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Jacqueline is a graduate of Boston University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Elementary Education as well as a Master’s of Science Degree with a specialty in Reading & Language Arts. She obtained her Administrative Credential from California State University Los Angeles. Jacqueline has over forty years of experience in the field of education, including teaching English, ELL and Reading, followed by administrative experience as an Assistant Principal and High School Principal.
She is currently serving on the Superintendent’s Early Learning and Advisory Committee helping to draft the five-year plan for early learning for Sacramento County. She brings a wealth of experience to the Folsom Cordova Unified School District where she has been serving as the Coordinator of Early Childhood Education for the past three years, serving over 500 pre-k and TK students throughout Rancho Cordova and Folsom. She is a passionate, dedicated educator who has worked tirelessly to support the educational development and progress of students of all ages throughout her career. Congratulations Jacqueline and thank you for taking time to share your answers to our questions:
What has been most rewarding about my career in early education so far?
It has been the opportunity to expand our program and services in the Folsom Cordova Unified School District during the last three years so that now we are able to offer both a.m. and p.m. programs at nine different sites with 10 classes offered throughout the Rancho community, with one program in Folsom. I was able to apply for expansion funds through CSPP, as well as obtain additional funding through First Five Sacramento for our School Readiness Program. With the hard work and dedication of a wonderful staff; we have improved the quality of our pre-school programs through Race to the Top, Raising Quality Together and have obtained funding through the Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). We have successfully infused technology into our curriculum and also have added new playgrounds at three different sites.
If I could give advice to someone who is new in the administrative role, what would it be?
I would advise them to never stop learning. Even after 40 years, there is never a day that goes by that I do not continue to grow and learn. I learn the most from the children with whom I interact each and every day. It amazes me how open and honest they can be. I also learn from my wonderful, caring and dedicated staff members. Professional development through organizations such as CCDAA, attending workshops and conferences and taking advantage of webinars and on line learning is invaluable to helping me excel with the knowledge to assist my staff in being the very best that they can be. I would also advise them to network with fellow administrators and leaders within the field in the community so you can talk with and problem solve with others who are going through similar issues and concerns.
What is my proudest accomplishment in my career?
Late last spring I was diagnosed with breast cancer and it changed my life. Being a survivor has changed my perspective on being able to live each day to the fullest. I truly love what I do and the people with whom I interact each day. Most recently a little one who I have interacted with on many occasions at one of my sites, gave me a big hug, and said, “I love you, Ms. Jackie.” “You are beautiful.” It truly melted my heart because that child has been through so much. I realized right then that he and the many, many other children who we serve each day, are the reason why I have the strength to get up each morning and continue this journey in the field of early childhood education. Despite how I am feeling as a result of my treatment and recovery, I am motivated to continue to try to make a difference in the lives of as many children as I possibly can. The field of education has been my calling and my way of giving back to our community and I feel blessed to be able to be a small part of making a difference in this child’s life.