Meet Our Faculty & Staff
Dawn C. Burgess—Director
I am the Director of the Child Development Center and a professor at Miramar College. I have a daughter named Madison, a dog named Buddy, and a husband named Stephen, who also teaches. I am a native of Rhode Island. I hold a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education from Rhode Island College. I have doctorate in Child and Youth Studies from Nova Southeastern University. I have been teaching young children for over twenty-three years and Child Development to adults for over seven years. When I am not attending school or teaching, I enjoy camping with my family and traveling to the East Coast to visit my mom, dad, and two brothers.
Carla S. McMullin—Instructional Lab Tech
I am the teacher for the Sticky Bear Room. I have worked for the Miramar College Child Development for over five years. Before working at the Center, I received my Associate of Science Degree in Child Development from Miramar College. My husband and I have four children and a dog named Keebler. I love going to the beach, taking my dog for a walk, reading and camping with family and friends.
Cynthia Marquez—Instructional Lab Tech
I am the Gummy Bear Room teacher. I have an Associate of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education. I am a native Californian (SF Bay area). After roaming the country and abroad with my family for nine years, I am fortunate to have settled down in San Diego. My husband, Sal, and I have two daughters, Jessi and Alexis. I love art - drawing and painting. I also enjoy reading, volleyball, and hiking with my family. I look forward to working with each of the children and their families in the Center.
Elizabeth Thomas—Instructional Lab Tech
I am the Front Desk Lab Technician at the Child Development Center. I have been working for the Child Development Center for fifteen years. I started at the Center as a parent and a student with my son, Najee, who is now a teenager. I was able to obtain my Associate of Science Degree in Child Development while my son attended the Miramar College Child Development Center in my earlier years. My husband, Mike, and I have three wonderful children. I enjoy going to the beach, movies, playing volleyball, basketball, baseball, and cooking.