About Our Instructors
Our professional development for early childhood educators is managed by region to complete customization of training and support. Our trainers have a wide range of expertise, ranging from English-language development and acquisition, to family child care and assessment. They are fully endorsed by Teaching Strategies—so you can trust them to deliver the high-quality support you’ve always counted on from us.
Judi Anderson, M.Ed.
Director of Professional Development Solutions
Judi leads our Professional Development team. She started her career in early childhood as a preschool and kindergarten teacher. Over the past 20 years, she has established and supported curriculum standards based on developmentally-appropriate practices, STARS, NAEYC accreditation, and environmental rating scales for programs that serve children ages 6 weeks to five years.
Introducing the Regional Training Associates
Each region is led by a Regional Training Associate (RTA). The RTA supports the members of our Professional Development Trainer Network (PDN).
The Professional Development Network is a dynamic network of highly experienced early childhood experts, and we are actively recruiting new members! To apply, please refer to our application process.
Donna Fowler is Regional Training Associate for the Southeast Region. Donna has been involved in early childhood education for over fifteen years and has worked with children birth through 3rd grade. She is currently the Vice President of the National Association for Family Child Care. She was formerly the Director of Public Policy and Grant Manager for the Maryland State Family Child Care Association, where she focused on policy to increase quality, provided professional development, and coached over 200 family child care providers through the national accreditation process.
Susan Lewis, M.Ed.
Susan Lewis is a Regional Training Associate with Teaching Strategies. Susan was formerly a Program Specialist/Quality Mentor with the Arizona Department of Education, where she collaborated with local education agencies and community preschools assessing and developing action plans to improve quality practices, environments and teacher-child interactions. Susan was also an early childhood special education teacher for school districts in Arizona and Delaware.
Celia Waite, M.Ed.
Celia Waite is a Regional Training Associate for the Southwest and West regions. She was a TK- 6 Principal in the state of California for Middletown Unified and San Jose Unified School Districts. Celia was also a director of professional development and Director of Instructional Technology at Phoenix Elementary School District, and has also been a K-3 principal, assistant principal, and 4th-6th grade teacher in Phoenix’s Alhambra School District.
Deb Zapalik, M.A.Ed.
Deb Zapalik is Regional Training Associate for the Midwest and Northeast Regions. Prior to joining Teaching Strategies she managed the City of Chicago Gold Online Assessment System License. She provided oversight of the City of Chicago Gold Subscription for 450 programs, developed and provided training/technical assistance for all users in the subscription including funding institutions; Chicago Public Schools and the Department of Family Support and Services.