Hello, my name is Beverly Cavanaugh, and I am the manager for the Joliet Junior College Early Childhood Center. I have been with JJC since 1996 and along with my position as manager for the Early Childhood Center I have also taught in the Fine Arts department (Speech 101), General Student Development (GSD 100) and with Social and Behavioral Sciences (CDev 210, Child, Family & Community). I am looking forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting new students and families as the semester continues. I am a native of Joliet I have been married to my wonderful husband, Terry, for 30 years. We have five amazing children, all of whom have attended JJC at one time or another. This fall we will welcome our fourth grandchild. We are blessed to have our family close by in the Joliet area and we get to see our grandchildren on a regular basis. Spending time with our grandchildren is one of my favorite ways to spend the weekends. I am also strongly invested in the Joliet community as well as the JJC community. I am an active member of the Spirit Committee for JJC faculty and staff, I have served as a member of the strategic planning committee, the marketing committee. I am past Vice President of the Joliet Area Association for the Education of Young Children (JAAEYC); I have worked as a Court Appointed Special Advocate and Guardian ad litem (CASA/GAL) for Will County as an advocate for abused and neglected children. I am also a member of the AOK Early Childhood Network and I am also an active partner of the JTHS Academy Network Team.
In addition, I have been the club advisor for S.P.R.I.T.E. Club (Student-Parents Resolving Issues and Transcending in Education) since 2001. SPRITE club is a student club on campus that promotes family friendly events and collaborates with the Early Childhood Center to provide entertainment, training and a wide variety of supports to the Early Childhood Center staff and families. I have also been privileged to be a presenter at a number of local and state wide conferences on children and child care issues including the Share A Vision conference sponsored by the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Migrant Council conference just this past summer. I am a life-long learner and I am currently working on a second Masters degree in Early Childhood Administration from National Louis University. I will complete my level III Illinois Directors Credential this fall.
I am very excited about the new semester and the dynamic teaching team we have here in the Early Childhood Center. I look forward to meeting each of you personally as we work as a team to provide the highest quality of care and early education for your children. I would encourage you to become actively involved in one of our many parent volunteer opportunities as well as actively participating in the Early Childhood Center SPRITE club.