Patti Dickmann is a professor of Early Childhood Education. She has been an Early Childhood educator and center director and served on the Board of Directors for the Indiana affiliate of NAEYC. She has taught in private child care programs and also for Head Start. Patti is a certified Professional Development Specialist for the Council for Professional Recognition and has taught CDA courses for the past 20 years. She is actively involved in the community with initiatives promoting emergent literacy.
Professor Debra Pierce
Debra Pierce is a professor of Early Childhood Education. Her professional background has always involved children, over the past 40 years, having been a primary grades teacher in the Chicago Public School system, a teacher of 3 and 4 year-olds in a NAEYC accredited preschool for 15 years, and a certified Parent Educator for the National Parents as Teachers Program. Debra is a certified Professional Development Specialist for the Council for Professional Recognition. She has taught CDA courses to high school career/tech dual credit juniors and seniors in preparation for earning their CDA credentials. She also conducts CDA train-the-trainer events across the country and develops and teaches online CDA courses for several states, is a frequent presenter at national and state early childhood conferences, and is a Higher Education Trainer for Child Care Aware. She received a commendation for her creative use of the Starting Small anti-bias curriculum with her college students from the Southern Poverty Law Center. Mrs. Pierce is a featured blogger on the BAM! Radio Network. She was also awarded the NISOD Teaching Excellence Award by the University of Texas. Debra is active in her community, supporting children's literacy and is on the board of directors of First Book in Indianapolis. Debra is a contributing author for Hamilton County Family Magazine and Indy's Child. She loves spending time with her two grandsons, Indy, who is 11 and Radley, 7. Debra has spent the last 16 years dedicated to the success of those pursuing the CDA credential and is the author of The CDA Prep Guide: The Complete Review Manual for the Child Development Associate Credential, now in its 4th edition (Redleaf Press), the only publication of its kind. She was recently nominated by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences for a Bammy Award for Professor of the Year and was named as One of the Nation's Top Educators to Watch.