SOCORRO, N.M., May 2, 2001 -- Francisca Aurelia Baeza, a teacher at the New Mexico Tech Children's Center, recently was awarded the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential in recognition of her outstanding work with young children.
Baeza was informed of her credential award by the Council for Professional Recognition in Washington, D.C., an organization which represents the early childhood profession.
Baeza, a Class of 2000 graduate from Socorro High School, began her career at the Tech Children's Center four years ago as part of a high school work-study program.
"My boss, Terri Hunter, and two of the other teachers at the Children's Center, Darlene Sanchez and Tori Tadano, helped me a lot with the studying that was involved to get this credential, Baeza says. "For two years, the process involved lots of studying and testing for the CDA . . . and this was all in addition to the courses I was taking at New Mexico Tech at the same time."
As part of the CDA assessment process, every candidate for the CDA credential is observed working with young children and their families by an early childhood professional. In addition,
candidates must demonstrate the ability to work with families to develop their children's physical and intellectual capabilities in a safe and healthy learning environment.
Baeza is the daughter of Marta Baeza of Socorro.
"My mother has supported me through all of this," Baeza says, "so, 'Thanks Mom!'"