Board of Directors
Before there were child care programs for the less than affluent, children were just left alone during summer break, often not allowed to leave their homes. When Pat was ten she organized a group of children to work together to take care of each other while their parents were away at work. Big kids watching out for little kids made lunches, did chores, supervised outdoor games and, (because it was Los Angeles) organized weekly talent shows. Continuing to support the children in S.F., Pat found that the children on her block could not to go to the library six blocks away. Enlisting the help of several middle school friends, Pat chaperoned children to the library so that they could complete the summer reading. In high school she was a tutor, president of the BSU and a member of the student council. In 2000 Pat found a way to return to college, earning her BA and MA and a doctorate in Education Leadership in 2014, all while running a large FCCH, teaching ECE courses at SFSU and CCSF.
Patrick Romero, Co-chair
Patrick Romero started working with young children as a Jumpstart corps member and team leader in 2002. Afterward he was honored with a Pearson Teacher Fellowship to teach with Horizons for Homeless Children for three years in Boston. He then enrolled in SFSU’s MA program in ECE and worked at Noe Valley Parent Co-op. When he graduated in 2012 he started working as a Head Start teacher with Mission Neighborhood Centers, Inc.
In 2014, his work was recognized with PFA’s Excellence in Teaching Award. Since then his team has presented their work several times in the city, including a special exhibit about inquiry at SF City Hall and SF Main Library. He’s also on the state board for CAEYC as one of the Bay Area reps where he works to promote excellence throughout the ECE profession. More locally, he’s the Men in Childcare Committee Chair for East Bay’s AEYC chapter. As a board member of SFCCPA, he is dedicated to recognizing teacher expertise and to amplifying our united voice so that teachers are equitably included in SF’s model ECE system.
Beiling Gonzalez, Secretary
Sally Large, Treasurer
Sally Large is currently the Executive Director of St. Francis Child Care Center. Since 2003, she has dedicated time to being a Director Mentor Facilitator, providing support and resources to less experienced Directors and Site Supervisors. Before that Sally did research at the Stanford Research Institute on teaching strategies in elementary classrooms.
Suzy Yu is a Educator for Mt. St. Joseph/St. Elizabeth Epiphany Parent/Child Center where she is currently working with older toddlers. She has worked with newborn children to children of 5.9 years old. She has been in the Early Childhood Education field since 1988 when she graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School. She earned her Associate’s Degree in 1996 in the field of ECE from City College of San Francisco and her Bachelor’s Degree in 2010 in La Raza Studies under a heavy influence in Childcare from San Francisco State University. Her various job titles in her 28 years in the ECE fields have spanned from aide, to associate teacher, to teacher, to mentor teacher, to site supervisor. Suzy has been an active member of SFCCPA since 2002 and joined the board in 2013. She was a mentor teacher for the CA ECE Mentor Program from 2007 to 2013 and is currently on the selection committee for the Mentor Program.