Ellen Stoddard received both her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College. She holds California Teaching Credentials in Specialization in Early Childhood Education and Parent Education, as well as a California Community College Instructor Credential. Currently Ellen is the Director and parent education instructor for the Lou Grant Parent Child Workshop at Santa Barbara City College, and has held this position for nearly 25 years. Additionally, she is on the board of directors for the Storyteller Children’s Center, which provides tuition-free care for homeless and at risk children and comprehensive services for their families. Her interests focus on parent-educator interactions and how these interactions influence the care and education of children.