Career at Early Development Services
Early Development Services is supported by a staff of over 100 teachers, cooks, and administrative staff.
It takes a special person to work with children and here at Early Development Services we have strict requirements for those interested in joining our team. We are proud of our teacher retention rate and ability to grow our Lead Teachers from entry-level caregivers.

Interested in Joining our team?

Please fill out an application and contact us at 831-393-2246

Shannan Watkins

Shannan is the Executive Director of Early Development Services. She has been with the Agency since its inception in 1998.

Shannan’s vision has been the driving force behind the agency and her creativity and knowledge has helped us remain a leader in Monterey County. Shannan has an Associate of Science degree in Child Development from Monterey Peninsula College, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development with minors in Developmental Education, Early Childhood Education, and Childcare from Pacific Oaks College, as well as a Masters of Arts degree in Human Development with minors in Leadership in Human Services and College Teaching, also from Pacific Oaks College. She also possesses her Program Director Credential. She has been President of the local Association for the Education of Young Children as well being elected to California Association for the Education of Young Children State Board. She is currently the Chair of the Monterey County Child Care Planning Council as well as teaching child development courses at Monterey Peninsula and Hartnell College specializing in infant & toddler care. In her spare time, she provides consulting services to other child development programs, specializing in programs funded by the California Department of Education, Early Care & Learning Department.

Tracy Farstad

Tracy is the Operations Director for Early Development Services. She has been with the Agency since 2018.

Tracy has an Associate of Arts degree in Child Development from Gavilan College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development from Sacramento State University, and Master of Arts in Human Development degree from Pacific Oaks College as well as her Program Director Credential. Tracy maintains oversight of all operations of EDS while monitoring the quality of the services we provide.

Michelle Deppe

Michelle is the Human Resources Director for Early Development Services. She has been with the Agency since 2008.

Michelle began her relationship with Early Development Services as the very first parent ever enrolled in our program in 1998. Michelle’s Human Resources experience began with Dole Dried Fruit and Nut in Fresno. She later moved to the Monterey Bay Area and took on the Human Resources Departments at VNA and Product Development Corporation in Monterey before becoming EDS Human Resources Director in 2008.

Melanie Allison

Melanie is the Educational/Pedagogical Director for Early Development Services. She has been with the Agency since 2018.

Melanie is the Educational/Pedagogical Director for Early Development Services. Melanie has an Associate of Arts degree in Child Development from Hartnell College, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development from San Jose State University, Master of Arts degree in Woman’s Spirituality from Sophia University as well as her California Program Director Credential. Melanie is also faculty at Monterey Peninsula College

Becky Buckner

Becky is the Center Director of Peninsula Center for Infant & Toddler Development. She has been with Early Development Services since 2000.

Becky specializes in infant and toddler care. She has an Associate of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Monterey Peninsula Community College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Family Services from Concordia University as well as her California Program Director credential.

Candace Frazure

Candace is the Center Director for Oram Children's Center. She has been with Early Development Services since 2004.

Candace has an Associate of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Monterey Peninsula College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Family Services from Concordia University as well as her California Program Director credential.

Erika Santistevan

Erika is the Center Director for Crescita Early Learning Center. She has been with Early Development Services since 2021.

Erika has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education from Washington State University, as well as her California Program Director credential.

Ghennay Woods

Ghennay is the Center Director for Avondale Early Education Center. She has been with Early Development Services since 2008.

Ghennay has an Associate of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Hartnell Community College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Family Services from Concordia University as well as her California Program Director credential.

Jennifer Sebolino

Jennifer is the Center Director for CSU Monterey Bay Child Development Center. She has been with Early Development Services since 2005.

Jennifer has an Associate of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Monterey Peninsula College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Family Services from Concordia University as well as her California Program Director credential.

Maria Aliotti

Maria is the Assistant Center Director for Orom Children’s Center. She has been with Early Development Services since 2021.

Maria has an Associate of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Monterey Peninsula College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child and Adolescent Development with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education from San Jose State University.

Roxanne Lualemana

Roxanne is the Center Director for Highlands Early Education Center. She has been with Early Development Services since 2003.

Roxanne has an Associate of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Monterey Peninsula College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Family Services from Concordia University as well as her California Program Director credential.

Sheriden Cooley

Sheriden is the Assistant Center Director for Avondale Early Education Center. She has been with Early Development Services since 2017.

Sheriden has an Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education from Monterey Peninsula College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Oregon as well as her Site Supervisor Permit.

Staci Rich

Staci is the Center Director of Betteravia Early Education Center. She has been with Early Development Services since 2015.

Staci has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education from Brandman University as well as her California Program Director Credential.

Tiffany Allen

Tiffany is the Center Director at Tisztelet Children's Center. She has been with Early Development Services since 2006.

Tiffany has an Associate of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Monterey Peninsula College, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Family Services from Concordia University as well as her California Program Director Credential.

Carolina Cordova

Carolina is a Mentor Lead. She has been with Early Development services since 2013.

Carolina has an Associate of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Monterey Peninsula College and is currently enrolled at the California State University of Monterey Bay to achieve a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development and Family Science.

Daychavon Ahumada

Daycha is a Mentor Lead who just started with the company as of May 2021.

Daycha has been in the ECE field for 6 years and working with older children for 13 years. She has an Associate degree in Elementary Education and is currently in school to complete her credential.

Katie Harris

Katie is the ECE Specialist. She has been with Early Development Services since 2012.

Katie has an Associate of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Monterey Peninsula College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Family Services from Concordia University as well as her California Program Director credential.

Maria Elena Navarro

Maria is a Mentor Lead. She has been with Early Development Services since 2019.

Maria has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Family and Consumer Sciences from San Francisco State University. In addition, she has a Master Teacher permit.

Stephanie Kibler

Stephanie is a Mentor Lead. She has been with Early Development Services since 2006.

Stephanie has an Associate of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Monterey Peninsula College.