Wendy Parise is a full time professor at Santa Monica College and currently teaches a variety of early childhood education and early intervention courses. She possesses three California teaching credentials and a Master’s Degree in Special Education. Before working at Santa Monica College, Wendy taught for 25 years in both private and public school programs. She is an active consultant across California in issues regarding early intervention and young children with special needs, and co-chaired the workgroup that wrote the new Early Start Personnel Manual for California. Her passion is to ensure quality service delivery for all young children with special needs across the state.