Meet the CDEC/EDUC Team!

 

Education & Child Development Department
Washington Street Campus, Dutton Hall 102
2201 S Washington 
Amarillo TX  79109
806-345-5585

Dennis Sarine, Department Chair
806-371-5188  
Dennis.Sarine@actx.edu

Rochelle Fouts is an Instructor in the Education Department and has been with Amarillo College since 2010, starting out as a mentor in the Higher Ed Grant  through the Children's Learning Institute at the University of Texas, Houston Health Science Center.  She started as a full-time faculty member in the CDEC/EDUC Department in 2011.  Rochelle took a brief stint off from AC to move to inner-city Detroit to work a martial arts ministry with her husband, Shawn, for almost 2 years then returning to Amarillo.  Before coming to Amarillo College, she worked in the Teacher Education Department as a curriculum consultant for The McGraw-Hill Companies, a Mathematics Curriculum Coordinator for Edison Schools, Inc, and was also a Kindergarten and 1st Grade Teacher both in Wichita, KS, and Dallas, TX.  Rochelle graduated from Friends University in Wichita, KS, with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in 1996 and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in 2001.  You can reach her at 806-371-5206 or by email at rlfouts@actx.edu.

Laurie Russell, Administrative Assistant
806-345-5585  
laurie.odle@actx.edu

Lola A. West is the Senior Advisor for the Education & Child Development Department.  She has over 31 years of teaching experience and comes to Texas by way of Georgia where she was born and raised.  She holds an Associates, Bachelors, and Masters in Science.  She is very proud of her community college: Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, ABAC, where she received her associates degree.  It was here at her community college that she learned the importance of education as ABAC set the foundation for her future. She completed her Natural Science Bachelors at Shorter University in Rome, Georgia.  After receiving her bachelors, Lola decided to explore her passion: Science and Math by attending Texas Tech University.  She completed her Masters in Science in 2003.  Since 1988, Lola has taught at a variety of schools and institutions. Lola discovered early in her life that working with students was her purpose. Even before she graduated from high school, she found herself exploring education by tutoring and teaching in her classes.  Now her self-proclaimed purpose is to help other’s find their calling and discover how she can serve to support their journey.  Lola believes that being an educator is one of the most important calling a person can experience. While Lola is the education advisor, she has experience in teaching, STEM, and public speaking.  She has been asked to speak at national conferences for Gifted and Talented and at other regional events.  She has provided professional development to teachers in pedagogy and content.  Lola represents the Texas Education Agency as their local hub for STEM in the panhandle of Texas.  While these accomplishments are notable, Lola believes her best successes have come at the hands of her students.  In her personal life, Lola is committed to Caprock Baptist Church.  She looks for opportunities to serve by volunteering her time in the choir, youth program, children’s program, and her community.  Lola believes strongly that her past experiences will help her support others who wish to make education their purpose which matches with her role as the education advisory for Amarillo College.

 

You can find Lola at the Washington Street Campus Advising Center in the Student Service Center room 120 or call her office: 806-371-5184.

 

To book an appointment online, visit https://educationac.youcanbook.me/

Patsy Allen has been in education for 45 years as a teacher, administrator and assistant superintendent.  She taught and directed lab schools at Oklahoma State University before working as a Family Life Specialist with Texas A&M University. She was in administration at the Meridian Vocational Center and designed/directed the Child Development Center and Training Program for the Francis Tuttle Vocational Center in Oklahoma City. Throughout her career, she has written training curriculum for Oklahoma Child Care Careers and served as a consultant for the Family Study Center at Texas Tech University.  She developed curriculum for the Texas Education Agency in conjunction with Stephen F. Austin University. For several years, she was an editor and wrote a column for Day Care and Early Education magazine. Patsy taught Family and Consumer Science--Child Development and Education and Training at Friona High School where she was recognized by Region XVI as Teacher of the Year. She has a Master of Science Degree and graduate work from Texas Tech and Oklahoma State. She has been an adjunct faculty member for Amarillo College since 1999.

Heather Finsterwald is an adjunct instructor for both Child Development and Education courses. Heather earned her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Tarleton State University. She is certified to teach Early Childhood- Grade 4 with ESL as well as Grades 4-8 with ESL. Heather earned her Master of Education degree from the University of Texas-Arlington in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. She also obtained a graduate certificate from Texas Woman’s University in Library Science and is a certified school librarian. Heather has taught in the public school setting in elementary and intermediate campuses. Heather joined the AC family in 2015 and is thankful for the opportunity to return. She has a passion for lifelong learning from the earliest stages and beyond. It is an honor and a privilege to help prepare students to enter one of the noblest professions: teaching children.

Marie Manley has 39 years of teaching experience at the elementary level and was a teacher in PPCD (Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities) at Canyon ISD for 23 years.  She has also taught 5th, 7th, and 8th grade Reading, multi-age special education resource, and elementary age children with behavioral disorders. Ms. Manley has teacher certifications in elementary, kindergarten, early childhood, emotionally disturbed, and mid-management.  Her Master of Education and Bachelor of Science degrees were both completed at West Texas State University. She has been an adjunct instructor at Amarillo College since 1999. She is a highly regarded presenter for local and state conferences and has also held various leadership roles in several professional organizations.  Ms. Manley believes in a developmentally appropriate, fun, active, hands-on curriculum for children which parallels with that of the Child Development Department of Amarillo College. She especially enjoys working with future caregivers of young children and assisting them in developing similar philosophies.

Chelsea Munkres is currently teaching Kindergarten at Hillside Elementary with Canyon ISD.  Previously, she has been a mentor Coach with the Texas School Ready Project through the Children’s Learning Institute at the University of Texas Houston, and before that she was the Director at the Child Development Lab School.  Chelsea received her B.S. and M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies at Texas Tech University, where she 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 was a Child Life Intern at Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach, CA where she worked to meet the psychosocial needs of pediatric patients and their families, and she was a Social Worker for foster children here in Amarillo.  

Marilyn Stone is an adjunct instructor teaching education courses face-to-face and online. She spent 15 years as a Family and Consumer Education teacher in Abernathy ISD and served as the Career & Technical Education and Title I Specialist at Region 17 Education Service Center in Lubbock for 22 years. At Region 17, she worked closely with teachers, counselors and administrators to build programs for student success. Marilyn has a background in student learning styles, brain-based learning, differentiated instruction and meeting the learning needs of students. Since retiring she has held temporary positions with Region 16 in Adult Education and grant management. Marilyn is a three-time graduate of Texas Tech University with a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D.

Mary Scobey is an adjunct instructor for the education department.  She has a BS in Elementary Education and an M.Ed with a Principal certificate from West Texas A&M University.  She began her education career teaching in elementary and middle school and has been an administrator for Amarillo ISD for the last 15 years.  She enjoys working with students as they prepare for the exciting challenges of teaching.