TRCC ECE Faculty College Education and Work Experiences



Courses Taught
Academic degrees

Professional experience

Sheila L. Skahan

Full Time

ECE K101 Introduction to ECE

ECE K210  Observation, Participation & Seminar

ECE K295 Student Teaching

M.S. in Human Service Administration, Wheelock College

B.S. in Elementary Education Specialization in Early Childhood
Education, Lesley College


Harvard School of Design

Classes in Design

TRCC Program Coordinator Early Childhood Program

TRCC Professor of ECE

Mitchell College Children’s Learning Center Education consultant, grant
writer, curriculum and Benchmarks facilitator, and
supervisor of direct staff and children.

Project Learn founder of Early Childhood Resource Center for early
childhood community.  Wrote grants, published research,
and conducted workshops for early care professionals.

Teacher Conn College Lab School, Children’s Village, Cambridge, MA.

Jennifer M. DeFrance

Full Time

ECE K101 Introduction to ECE

ECE K109 Science & Math for Children

ECE K141 Infant/Toddler Growth & Development

ECE K176 Health, Safety & Nutrition

ECE K182 Child Development

ECE K190 ECE Behavioral Management

ECE K231 Early Language and Literacy Development

ECE K241 Methods and Techniques for Infant / Toddler Care

Ed.D in Educational Leadership in Higher Education, Johnson & Wales

M.A. in Teaching Concentration in Early Childhood, Rhode Island College

RI State Certification
0-3, RIDOE

B.A. in Psychology, Rhode Island College


Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education, TRCC

Academic Standards and Advising Committee Chair, TRCC

Early Intervention Grant Coordinator

Instructor of Early Childhood Education (URI and CCRI)

Field Placement Supervisor

Prior early education positions include experiences ranging from
Teacher to Director working with children between the ages
of birth through eight

John Cormier

Part Time

ECE K210 Observation, Participation & Seminar

Sixth-Year Degree in School Psychology, University of Connecticut

M.A. in Educational Psychology, University of Connecticut

B.A. in Psychology, University of Connecticut

Certified School Psychologist – Griswold Public Schools

Coordinator of Special Education Summer Enrichment Programming

Field Supervisor for School Psychology Interns/Graduate School
Practicum Candidates

Guest Lecturer/Instructor, TRCC and Mitchell College

Lynn DePina

Part Time

ECE K101 Introduction to ECE

ECE K180 CDA Preparation

ECE K182 Child Development

ECE K231 Early Language & Literature Development

M.A. in Early Childhood / Special Education, Eastern CT State

B.S. Early Childhood Education, Eastern CT State University

Adjunct Instructor, TRCC

Director Norwich Family Resource Center/School Readiness, Norwich
Public Schools

Family Services Coordinator, Norwich Public Schools

ESL Teacher, Norwich Public Schools

Early Childhood Education Consultant/Family Daycare Provider

Childcare Licensing Specialist for Family Childcare Home, State of CT

Mark Frizzell

Part Time

ECE K215 The Exceptional Learner

 ECEK222 Methods & Techniques in

Ph.D. in Special Education, University of Connecticut

M.E. in Curriculum and Administration, Fitchburg State College

B.S. in Education K-12, Fitchburg State College

Principal Griswold High School

Facilitates Teaching Assessments and Common Core Standards

Catherine O’Brien

Part Time

ECE K141 Infant/Toddler Growth & Development

ECE K252 Children on the Autism Spectrum

M.A. in Early Childhood Education and Human Development, Wheelock

B.A. in Modern Language, St. Bona Venture University

A.S. in Early Childhood Education, Quinsigamond Community College

Adjunct faculty

Director, Young Children and Families.  This includes
administering Birth to Three Program (Part C), SAMHSA grant
for Children 0-6 and their families, Family Resource center,
McKinney-Vento grant, School Readiness, consultation, and
training in assessment and child development.

Kendall Perkins

Part Time

ECE K101 Introduction to ECE

ECE K210 Observation, Participation & Seminar

M.S in EDU

Connecticut College

B.S Child Study


Adjunct Faculty

Teacher/Writer/Museum Educator

Walter Schaller

Part Time

ECE K210 Observation, Participation & Seminar

M.S.in EDU

Sacred Heart


Mitchell College

Adjunct Faculty

Integrated Day Charter School


Norwich Park and Recreation

Heather Basset

Part Time

ECE K109 Science & Math

ECE K190 ECE Behavioral Management


B.S. and M.S. Early Childhood

Eastern State CT College

Adjunct Faculty

Special Needs New London Public School Teacher

Child Care Director