Joanne Sorte has worked as an early childhood professional for over 35 years. She received a bachelor of arts and master of science degrees in human development and family sciences from Oregon State University (OSU). She began her early childhood professional experiences as a home visitor for the Home Base program in Yakima, Washington, directed a preschool program for Lower Columbia College in Longview, Washington, and worked as the family services coordinator for Head Start. Currently she is...See more
Joanne Sorte has worked as an early childhood professional for over 35 years. She received a bachelor of arts and master of science degrees in human development and family sciences from Oregon State University (OSU). She began her early childhood professional experiences as a home visitor for the Home Base program in Yakima, Washington, directed a preschool program for Lower Columbia College in Longview, Washington, and worked as the family services coordinator for Head Start. Currently she is a Senior Instructor for the College of Health & Human Sciences at Oregon State University. Joanne is Director of the Oregon State University Child Development Laboratory which presents a blended early education program model where children from low-income families participate through support of the Oregon Head Start Prekindergarten Program, children with special developmental needs, and children from the general community attend preschool together. She directs the practicum experience for students majoring in childhood development, supervises graduate students, and facilitates research on child development and wellness. She is also an active member of the Oregon Head Start Association. She has co-authored an intervention program for preschool settings with Inge Daeschel, called Health in Action: 5 Steps to Good Health , and enjoys assisting early childhood settings to partner with families in improving children s wellness. Inge Daeschel is a licensed and registered dietitian who is board certified as a specialist in pediatric nutrition. She received her bachelor of science degree in foods and nutrition science at Plattsburgh State University in New York. She completed her dietetic internship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and received her master of science degree in nutrition science from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She worked at Duke University Medical Center, first as pediatric dietitian clinician and later as assistant chief clinical dietitian. This position was instrumental in developing her interest in helping families understand the nutritional needs of their children. She and her family relocated to Oregon where she worked at the Corvallis Clinic and later accepted a faculty position as instructor in the department of Human Development and Family Sciences at Oregon State University (OSU) where she is health and nutrition services coordinator of the OSU Child Development Laboratory and the OSU Oregon Head Start Prekindergarten Program. Inge is also a nutrition consultant providing services to an area hospital, a WIC program, and Early Head Start, Head Start, and Migrant Head Start programs. Her expertise in feeding children is based on personal as well as professional experience, gained raising four children, including one with multiple food allergies. She has co-authored with Joanne Sorte an intervention program called Health in Action: 5 Steps to Good Health which promotes wellness by providing focused messages that address nutrition and physical activity in early childhood programs. Carolina Amador, M.D., is a board-certified pediatrician. She received a bachelor of education degree in speech pathology at the University of Georgia in Athens. She earned her medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta and completed her residency in pediatrics at West Virginia University in Morgantown. She worked as chief resident in pediatrics at West Virginia University where she developed a lactation clinic as well as a focus on advocacy for breast-feeding mothers. She has a master s degree in public health from the University of Washington in Seattle with a focus on maternal and... See less
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