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Dr.Juanita Cordero - Child Dev & Education


Dr. CorderoB.A. Liberal Arts, Holy Names University
M.A. Human Development,
Pacific Oaks College,
M.Th. Theology, Pastoral Ministry
Global Ministries University
D.Min.  Doctor of Ministry
with an emphasis in Feminist Pastoral Studies through Global Ministries University.

I was born in the Republic of Panama, and moved to California when I was five years old where I grew up and received my education. I taught in the elementary school system for ten years. I took time off from teaching to raise five children. When the last child entered school I began teaching Childbirth and Infant Care classes at Kaiser hospital in Santa Clara. This continued for the next twenty years. During this time I earned a nursing degree. Returning to school again, I earned my masters degree in Human Development through Pacific Oaks College and began teaching Child Development as a part time instructor at Mission, West Valley and De Anza College. I am now a full time instructor at De Anza.
I have studied Yoga, Ayurveda Medicine with Dr. Sachin Deshmukh from India. and finished a Masters degree in Theology and a Doctor of Ministry.  I was ordained a Catholic  Deacon on July 31, 2006 in Pittsburgh, PA. and a Priest on July 22, 2007 in Santa Barbara.

Other Interests:
Summer 2001: I taught in a small village school in Nkokojero, Uganda. To view these pictures click on:,_Africa.html

December 2002 My husband and I joined our third daughter, Becca in Spain where she was studying Spanish at the University of Cordoba as an exchange student. This gave us an opportunity to visit places such as Toledo, Sevilla, Granda, and Madrid.

Summer 2003: We visited schools across the United States and Canada, especially Community colleges.

Summer 2004: My husband and I traveled with teachers from across the country to visit China and the northern part of Tibet to learn about their educational system.

Summer 2005:In July my husband and I visited Carlton University in Canada to attend the Women's Ordination International Conference. In August we returned to Beijing, China and stayed at the Sports University. We also spent two weeks in Lhasa, Shigatse, and many other small villages visiting their schools and monasteries. We made it up to 17,000 feet above sea level.

Summer 2006: In August, my husband, daughter, grandson and I visited Germany and Austria. We explored Universities, castles, churches and attended many Mozart concerts.

Summer 2007: In July I was ordained a Catholic priest in Santa Barbara and celebrated 36 years of marriage with a Mass of Thanksgiving on September 15th in San Jose.

This last year my husband became very ill with Prostate cancer. He went into hospice in August. As a family we learned what is really important in life as we came to deal with the reality of his passing. On December 9, 2007 he was surrounded by his three daughters and myself when he left us to enter into another cosmos. He is free of pain and suffering and finally at peace in the hands of God. I wish to thank all the students and faculty who sent cards and loving support to my family.

Summer 2008: I was a conference facilitator in Boston and took a trip to Jerusalem in August.

In September I was privileged to officiate at my third daughters wedding. To view these pictures click on:     

Summer 2009 /Fall: As a priest I presided at a liturgy in Chicago while on retreat then gave a talk at a social justice conference in Ohio.   In July I attended a week long conference called The Great Teacher Seminar in Santa Barbara.  In December I will join my children and travel to Cambodia to visit my son's girlfriends homeland.

December 2009 Trip to Cambodia.  I was able to visit a children's hospital and the village school to bring the supplies that our students collected before leaving.  The children are very poor and many cannot even afford their $15.00 uniform.  They still use slate boards as paper is too expensive.  You my view the pictures by clicking on:

Summer 2010 Trip to El Salvador with the GATE program.  GATE stands for Global Awareness Through Experiences.  In one of the many villages that we visited there are 300 hundred families that do not have access to clean water, many children are orphans that need sponsors so they can attend school, and women need a mixer to bake their breads to sell in order to survive and feed their families.  Gate is a non profit organization.  Every dollar counts.  Their address is: GATE 912 Market Street  La Cross, WI 54601  You may view the pictures by clicking on:

2011 Leaving for Guatemala on June 29th

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Child Development & Education Department


Last Updated: 6/1/11