Head Start Specialist
Hello! My name is Amy Baca. I began my seventh year of working for West Las Vegas Head Start this school year. I am a teacher in room three at the Los Niños site. I currently possess a Bachelor of Arts degree in University Studies from New Mexico Highlands University, with concentrations in Early Childhood Multicultural Education, Generalized Education Topics, and Humanities. My primary goal as an educator is to develop within each child a strong sense of uniqueness and self-worth by providing our small learners with a variety of enjoyable, play-based learning experiences which are meaningful to them at developmentally appropriate levels. I will stress respect for others, decision-making, sharing, and good manners in my classroom.
I look forward to working with your child and your family and will do my best to ensure they have a successful, enjoyable learning experience!
Family Service and Community Engagement Specialist
Hello, my name is Leticia Branch. I am the family services and community engagement specialist for West Las Vegas Head Start. I am originally from Las Vegas, New Mexico. I have been working for the West Las Vegas Head Start for about a year now. I have a bachelors degree and master’s degree in Clinical Social Work. I enjoy serving the families of my community and ensuring they have the appropriate resources to maintain a healthy well-being. I enjoy working in early childhood education because we are building our future leaders right here in these classrooms
Practice Based Coach Specialist
Zecherrya White, Specialist (Practice Base Coach)I started working with West Las Vegas Head Start / Early Head Start in August 2021. My current role in this program is to assist teaching staff with school readiness goals by using researched based techniques and resources. My educational background and qualifications are: Masters of Arts in Guidance & Counseling emphasis in Mental Health, Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science with a minor in Health, Certified CLASS Pre-K observer, Certificates for ECERS-S and ITERS, and currently working on getting a Practice Base Coach Certificate from the University of Washington.
My techniques as a Practice Base Coach is based on a support system through a collaborative coaching partnership where coach and teacher share goals, create action plans, schedule focused observations, and share supportive, instructional and reflective feedback sessions. The partnership is an ongoing communication and support process that is focused on professional development.
Some interests and hobbies are travelling, spending time with family and friends, enjoy being outdoor, watching and playing sports. I believe that every invigorating experience I had this far in my life has shaped me into the wonderful person I am today; a wife, a mother, a friend, and now a coach.