Sheila holds a master’s in Human Development, specializing in Early Childhood Education from Pacific Oaks College (CA), further pursuing her research and teaching Montessori kindergarten. While there, she worked with family childcare providers and coordinated a state-wide staff development program for Hawaii’s preschool and early learning programs.
She taught at Edison Community College (now Florida Southwestern State College), established the first Child Development Associate program at Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology in Naples, and was the lead consultant for establishing Florida Gulf Coast Universities Early Childhood Center.
As an early childhood consultant, she served various institutions in Southwest Florida, helped many achieve NAEYC accreditation, and served as an expert program evaluator and witness for the Florida Department of Child and Families Child Care licensing. Most recently, she served as the Director of Family Ministries at First Presbyterian Church of Bonita Springs, which included operating an early childhood program serving children 18 months to five years.