Cynthia Sheaks-McGowan, Ed.D.

Cynthia Sheaks- McGowan, Ed.D. is a fourth generation educator, carrying on the tradition begun by her greatgrandmother and grandmother, who taught in one-room schoolhouses in Oklahoma and Nevada. She received her BA in Psychology and Spanish at Williamette University, her MA in Education with Emphasis in Early Childhood Education from Mills College, and finally her EdD in Higher Education Leadership from California Lutheran University. Cynthia is passionate about the teaching profession, and has been recognized as “College Teacher of the Year” by the Ventura County Association for the Education of Young Children. She has been an educator throughout her professional life, beginning as an infant and early childhood teacher, later as a Head Start program administrator and trainer, and now as a tenured college professor.

Project: Charting Terra Incognita: Inside the Unexplored World of Infants and their Caregivers