SOUTHWEST HUMAN DEVELOPMENT TEAM MEMBERS
Lori Jablonsky directly supervises the Head Start Master Teachers at Educare Arizona, providing support in quality of services and professional development for parents and staff. She earned her bachelor’s degree in family studies. Lori previously worked as the children’s program manager at UMOM New Day Center and was a former preschool Head Start teacher. Years ago, when she applied for a work study job at the Children’s Shelter for the Homeless ages two through six, her commitment to underprivileged children was sealed. She changed her degree from journalism to family studies and has been working in early childhood education and development ever since. “I truly cannot imagine myself doing anything else!” Lori grew up in Danville, Indiana. She and her husband enjoy spending time with their son and daughter.
Julie Ramsey supports teachers and student teachers in the classroom. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education and is also a Master Gardner, overseeing the gardening program at Educare Arizona. For many years, Julie has worked as a child development manager for Southwest Human Development and previously worked as a teacher for the Office of Childcare Licensing and Child Protective Services. Julie loves watching the remarkable changes in children, especially those who have been at Educare Arizona since they were infants. Julie is from Hutchinson, Kansas. She loves to garden, sew, collect antiques, and spend time with her husband and twins, who are now grown with their own families.
Renee Skarlupka works as a Master Teacher supporting teachers and student teachers for the infant toddler classrooms in Early Head Start at Educare Arizona. Renee earned her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. For the last 21 years, Renee has worked in the Early Childhood Field as an infant-toddler teacher, Assistant Director, Office Manager and Center Director at various Early Childhood Learning Centers and Head Start Programs. Renee loves to watch infants and toddlers explore their surroundings and experience new things for the first time, such as their first taste of food or taking their first steps. Renee is originally from Wisconsin. She loves to go camping with her family, scrapbook, read and take trips to San Diego to enjoy the beach.
Beth Weller supervises teachers in Educare Arizona’s preschool classrooms. Using a strengths-based approach, Beth helps set mutual goals for children, families, and teachers; designs programs; and develops home activities that support those goals. Beth earned a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and a master’s degree in childhood curriculum and instruction. Beth loves working with teachers and seeing them refine their skills: “It’s a privilege to be part of a program that embraces excellence in early childhood.” Beth grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. In college, she took a work study job at the early childhood center on campus and was especially attracted to working with children who had difficulty regulating their behavior. She finds positive encouragement goes a long way to increasing successful outcomes for children, families, and teachers.
Elisa Najera works as a Master Teacher supporting teachers and student teachers for the infant toddler classrooms in Early Head Start at Educare Arizona. Elisa earned her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the Arizona State University. For the last 15 years, Elisa has worked with children and their families, such as, the Department of Economic Security, a School Social Worker and as an Early Head Start Family Support Specialist. Elisa’s loves to watch infants and toddlers grow and decided to pursue her education obtaining her Master’s degree in Family and Infant Practice. Elisa’s enjoys every minute of the children development and is happy to be a part of a team the impacts the families and children lives. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her husband and their four children.
FAMILY SERVICES AND SUPPORT
Rosie Muñoz directly supervises family support specialists at Educare Arizona, providing support in the areas of family development; social services; the Grantee’s Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment and Attendance (ERSEA) system; health and nutrition; and extended-day service. Rosie earned a bachelor’s of arts degree in elementary education and previously worked as a Head Start family support manager in the Creighton/Madison School District and as a preschool Head Start teacher for 17 years.
Milan Jokanovic’s primary responsibility as a family support specialist is to build relationships among children, their families, and child development and family support staff. Milan earned a bachelor’s degree in social and behavioral sciences and enjoys working as a family support specialist to support families and their children. At Educare Arizona, Milan enjoys being around all the kids, working with families, and singing in the hallway. He also likes to play sports, meet people from all over the world, dance, and listen to music.
BALSZ/EDUCARE ARIZONA CENTER FOR HEALTH (BEACH)
Dr. Schalscha’s primary role at the Balsz Educare Arizona Center for Health (BEACH) is providing patient care and administrative leadership. He is a Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) with a master’s degree in physiology. Before BEACH, Dr. Schalscha worked at Midwestern University’s Multi-specialty Clinic. What gives him the most satisfaction about working at Educare Arizona’s onsite health center is the interdisciplinary collaborative care physicians and healthcare workers are able to offer patients. Originally from Texas, Dr. Schalscha is a University of Texas football fan. “It’s almost a full time job!” he says.