Education Staff Bios
Mary Clare Munger - Education Department Chair
Mary Clare Munger, M.Ed - Mary Clare offices in Durrett 113 and chairs the Education Department. In 1980 she began a career in education that has included working in rural, highly diverse school districts, the Department of Defense Air Force schools, Director of an Episcopal School and has worked as a consultant for early childhood programs and several grants before coming to Amarillo College full-time in 1999. Mary Clare has served in many professional organizations and is currently Advocacy Chair for the Panhandle Association for the Education of Young Children. She is also active in the Texas Early Childhood Education Collaboration, Panhandle Twenty/20, Texas Community College Teachers Association and the Child Development Educators Association. Mary Clare understands the challenges Texas faces in providing excellent education to young people and works hand-in-hand with the students at AC to provide a foundation of knowledge and skills whether the goal is a classroom of young children or teenagers. Her goal is to provide an “Open Door” philosophy for anyone interested in education.
Pamela Webb, AA - Pamela is the Parent Involvement Coordinator and Certified Parents As Teacher Educator. Pam holds an AA in Child Development. Pam began her “tenure” with the AC Childcare Center as a part-time assistant in 1974. She has been a full-time employee since January, 1977. She is currently the second-longest employed staff at the College.
Earleen Huff, M.Ed - Ms. Huff retired after many years experience in education but continues to instruct each semester both in person and online. She has degrees from West Texas State University, including a B.S. in Education and a M. Ed. in Administration. Earline served as the director of the first Children's Center at WTSU from 1979-1983. She has taught in public schools across the panhandle area in all grade levels from kindergarten to high school and also served as an adjunct faculty member for WTAMU. Before coming to Amarillo College, Ms. Huff was an administrator with the Canyon Independent School District for thirteen years. She has been a presenter at statewide conferences and local events for many years. Earline views the Child Development Department at Amarillo College as a program with the unique opportunity to assist students interested in improving their skills and furthering their professional goals whether it is in day care or the formal educational system.
Marie Manley M.Ed - Ms. Manley has many years teaching experience at the elementary level. She is currently a teacher in PPCD (Pre School for Children with Disabilities) program at Canyon ISD. She has taught 5th, 7th, and 8th grade Reading , multi-age special education resource, early childhood, and elementary age children with behavioral disorders. She has teacher certifications in the following areas: elementary, kindergarten, emotionally disturbed, early childhood and mid age-management. Her Master of Education and Bachelor of Science degrees were both completed at West Texas Sate University . She has been an instructor at AC part time since 1999. She is a highly regarded presenter for local and state conferences. Marie has served in several professional organizations. Ms. Manley's belief's for a developmentally appropriate, fun, active, hands-on curriculum for children parallels with that of the Child Development Department of Amarillo College. She enjoys working with future care givers of young children and assisting them in developing similar philosophies
Patsy Allen M.Ed - Patsy taught and directed lab schools at Oklahoma State University before working as a Family Life Specialist with Texas A & M University . She designed and directed the Child Development Center and Training Program at the Francis Tuttle Vocational Center in Oklahoma City. Throughout her career, she has written training curriculum and served as a consultant for the Family Study Center at Texas Tech University. For several years she wrote a column for Day Care and Early Education magazine. Patsy teaches full-time at Friona High School where she has been recognized by Region XVI as Teacher of the Year. She has a Masters Degree and graduate work from Texas Tech and Oklahoma . She teaches dual credit courses and Tech Prep courses for Amarillo College as well as online and in person classes for this department.
Margie Vitale, M.A. in Management and Psychology Specialization - Margie serves as division advisor for Behaviorial Sciences. She is also available to advise CDEC and Education majors. Margie earned her B.A. in Psychology from WTAMU in 2000. She continued her education and earned a M.A. in Management with Psychology sSecialization from Wayland Baptist University in 2005. She began working at Amarillo College in 1999 in the disAbility Services and moved to Academic Advising in 2003. Margie has been a certified part-time instructor since Spring 2005 and has taught STSU 0211 - Student Success; PSYC 1171 – Education and Career Planning; PSYC 2301 – General Psychology; and PSYC 2306 – Human Sexuality. In the Spring of 2008, Margie joined the Behavioral Studies Division as Academic Advisor and continues to teach several psychology classes as a part-time instructor.
Stephanie Wilkinson, M.Ed, - Stephanie earned her AA in English from Amarillo College in 1992. She later earned her BA in English from West Texas A&M University in 1996. Stephanie next completed the M.Ed in Instructional Technology from Texas Tech University in 2006. She is currently an online instructional designer for Mantech. Stephanie is also an instructor of PSYC 1171 - Educational & Career Planning and the online class for pre-service in child care. She began her career at AC as a student worker in 1990. She then came back to AC full-time in 2002 as a Testing Specialist and moved to Academic Advisor in 2003. In the spring of 2008 Stephanie went to Mantech full time but continues as a part time instructor at AC.
Whitney Crain, M.S. - Whitney is a mentor with the Texas School Ready! Project through the Children's Learning Institute at the University of Texas - Houston. She was previously the Director at the AC Child Development Lab School on the West Campus. She holds a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Oklahoma State University and a M.S. in Leadership and Ethics from John Brown University. Whitney joined the AC family in June 2009 after moving to Amarillo from Arkansas, where she worked as an Early Childhood Consultant for Arkansas State University.
Nancy Needham, BA - Nancy Needham is currently the infant teacher at the Amarillo College Child Development Lab School. Nancy has worked in the early childhood field for over 40 years, 17 of those have been at the Lab School. Nancy has an Associate’s degree from Amarillo College in Child Development and a B.S. from Wayland Baptist University in Child Development. Nancy serves on the board for the Panhandle Association for the Education of Young Children. Nancy is also a Child Care Health Consultant.
Sondra Tolliver, AA - Sondra teachers the three-year old children at the AC Child Development Lab School. Sondra has been a childcare director and has several years experience in the field. She holds an AA in child Development and has been with the Lab School since August, 2002. She will be participating in the TSR grant.
Wanda Young, AA - Wanda is currently the Team Leader at the Child Development Lab School and has worked at the Lab School since 1996. Wanda was hired in 1996 as the teacher of the four year old classroom and taught until 2009. Wanda is also currently a Parents as Teachers Educator where she teaches parents they are their child’s first and most influential teacher, and Wanda assists the Lab School Director with daily operation tasks. Wanda has over 25 years of experience in the field of childcare and holds an AA in Child Development.
Chelsea Munkres, M.S. - Chelsea Munkres is the Director at the Child Development Lab School and Part-time Instructor for the Child Development Department. Chelsea received her B.S. and M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies at Texas Tech University. Chelsea’s M.S. degree focused on attachment theory and the effects of childhood cancer on siblings of children with cancer. Prior to joining the AC family in January 2011, Chelsea worked as an Child Life Intern in 2008 at Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach, CA where she worked to meet the psychosocial needs of pediatric patients and their families, and from 2009-2011 she was a Social Worker for foster children in Amarillo, TX. Chelsea’s objective for the Lab School is for all teachers to remain intentional in their planning through assessment guided instruction to meet individual developmental needs of children.
Rochelle Fouts, M.Ed -- Rochelle is currently a full-time Instructor in the EDUC/CDEC department, and had previously facilitated the Higher Ed Grant for Amarillo College through the Children's Learning Institute at the University of Texas, Houston Health Science Center. Before coming to Amarillo College, Rochelle worked in the Teacher Education Department as a curriculum consultant for The McGraw-Hill Companies, a Mathematics Curriculum Coordinator for Edison Schools, and also a Kindergarten and 1st Grade Teacher. Rochelle graduated from Friends University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in 1996 and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in 2001.
Cheri Sherley, BS - Cheri is the Technical Assistance Specialist for the Texas School Ready! project for the State Center for Early Childhood Education. She coordinates all aspects of the TSR! project in Amarillo and provides technical assistance to TSR! projects in Lubbock, Midland, and Foard-Hardeman-Knox. Since 2002, Cheri has been an Adjunct Professor for AC instructing both online and hybrid Early Childhood Education courses. From 1995 until 2003 she served as Head Start Training Specialist for Region 16 Education Service Center in Amarillo, Texas. Cheri also taught Head Start for AISD from 1992-1995. During that time she taught the first severely physically challenged student to be completely included in a regular Head Start classroom in Amarillo. In addition, she was a Speech/Language Pathologist for AISD from 1980-1992. Cheri brings extensive background in early childhood education, language and literacy development and professional development. She is experienced in training educators, mentoring teachers, facilitating online professional development and coordinating language and literacy programs. Cheri has knowledge in technology applications including online professional development and early childhood assessment. She received her AA from Amarillo College, and then she later earned her BS in Speech and Language Pathology from WTAMU in Canyon, Texas.
Lynda Barksdale, M.Ed in Counseling – Ms. Barksdale has more than 40 years in the teaching and counseling/advising fields. She is a graduate of Texas Tech University and West Texas A&M University. She has been a classroom teacher, elementary librarian, director of an adult student services program and a director of advising at Amarillo College. She is currently working as a part-time advisor with the Education Department. Her passion is for helping students better their lives through education. Lynda is eager to assist students navigate the sometimes complicated advising/registration/transfer processes as well as directing them to appropriate resources when they have specific needs. Office hours are Mon-Thur, 8:30-1:00; Office location - Durrett Hall, Room 113.