Primary Presenter

Nicki Backlar
Nicki Backlar has been teaching higher education for more than five years and currently works at Santa Monica College, UCLA Extension. In addition, Nicki Is the Executive Director of DIG Childhood Center, which is a parent cooperative toddler and preschool program. She has a masterís degree in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College and an Adult School Credential with an emphasis in Parent Education and more than 25 yearsí experience in the field. Nicki is a mom to two children, an experienced Humanistic educator, preschool teacher and parent educator.


Jackie Kelley
Jackie Kelley has been teaching in higher education for ten years and currently works at Santa Monica College, UCLA Extension and Los Angeles County Office of Education as a T-K Education Consultant. She has a masterís degree in Psychological Research and completed coursework in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Missouri, Columbia. Jackie is an experienced director and preschool teacher and had her first child in October 2016. Her mother is a preschool director and owner and followed Bev Bos when Jackie was a child, exposing Jackie to the art of teaching and playing very early on.