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Directory

Administration

Christa C. Dunlap, M.A.

Director of Operations of Child and Family Studies Center.

Christa C. Dunlap received her Bachelor's Degree in Child Development from CSUN in 1991, and completed her Master's Degree in Educational Psychology: Early Childhood in 2008. Her thesis was on mentoring in early childhood education. Christa has worked as a Preschool Teacher, Parent Educator, Lead Teacher, and Director of Operations at the CFSC for the over 20 years. Her areas of interest include Parent Education, Child Development, Adult Development, Inclusion, and Mentoring Relationships.

818-677-3131

christa.dunlap@csun.edu

 

Annie Cox, M.A.

Early Childhood Programs Director of Child and Family Studies Center.

Annie Cox is the Director of the CHIME Infant & Toddler Program and the CHIME Preschool Inclusion Program that operates at the CFSC. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Masters Degree in Educational Psychology, Early Childhood Special Education. Her professional experience in the field of education extends for the past thirty years. Annie has served as a part-time instructor, master teacher, and fieldwork supervisor for the Department of Special Education at CSUN. She currently trains and supports teachers in the field of Early Childhood Special Education and since 1989 has provided mentoring and supervision for university students at CSUN. Annie has contributed significantly to the development of the CHIME mission and philosophy, supported development of new programs including the CHIME Charter Elementary School, and mentored newer members of the staff and leadership team.

818-677-2922

annie.r.cox@csun.edu

 

Erika Sue Barnathan, M.A.

CHIME Early Childhood Special Education Teacher of Child and Family Studies Center

Erika's educational background includes a Bachelor's Degree in Child Development, a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Special Education, and the Early Childhood Special Education Credential.  She has over 30 years experience working  with young children with special needs and has been at the lab school since 1990 with CHIME. She has taught an undergraduate Special Education course at Santa Monica City College, and has extensive experience in mentoring early childhood special education students at CSUN.

818-677-2922

erika.s.barnathan@csun.edu

Lead Teachers

Pariza Karamali, M.A.

Master Teacher, Full Day South

Pariza is the Master Teacher in the Full Day South class for the CFSC Lab School. She has earned a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Social Behavior, a Master's Degree in Educational Psychology - Early Education, and a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential. She began working at the CFSC Lab School as a student assistant intern in 1997, then moved into a Lead Teacher position in both the Half Day and Full Day classrooms before taking on the position of Master Teacher in 2001.

 

Megan Hazelwood, B.A.

Lead Teacher, Full Day South

 

Gabriela (Gaby) Esquivel, M.A.

Master Teacher, Full Day North

Gaby is the Master Teacher in the Full Day North class. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Family Studies with a focus in Childcare Administration and a minor in Child and Adolescent Development. She earned her Master's Degree in Educational Psychology - Early Childhood Education. She became part of the CFSC Lab School as a student assistant in 2014, then Lead Teacher in 2016 in the Full Day South classroom. In 2019, she took the position of Master Teacher in the Full Day North classroom.

 

Briana Taylor, B.A.

Lead Teacher, Full Day North

Briana is the lead teacher in the Full Day North classroom. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Child Development - Early Childhood Education and is currently in progress of completing her Master’s Degree at in Special Education- Educational Therapy at CSUN. She has been working in early childhood education with preschool aged children since 2014, and joined the Child and Family Studies Center as Lead Teacher in 2019.

 

Ava Corrado, B.A.

Lead Teacher, AM Half Day

Ava is the Lead Teacher in the Half Day A.M. class for the CFSC Lab School. She has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and is currently in the process of earning her Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology, Early Childhood Education. She started working at CFSC Lab School as an Assistant Teacher in the Half Day A.M. class and took on the role of Lead Teacher in the Summer of 2019.

 

Fiama Puccini, B.A.

Lead Teacher, PM Half Day 

Fiama is the Lead Teacher in the Half-Day P.M. classroom. She has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences, and is currently working on a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science — she hopes to work as a children’s librarian one day. Fiama began working at the CFSC Lab School as a student assistant intern in 2018, then moved into a Lead Teacher position in the Half-Day classroom.