Committee Member - Diversity in Action
Rodney West has been a stakeholder in Early Childhood for over 35 years. He has worked in the capacity as an Assistant, Teacher, Resource Teacher, and Administrator. Rodney currently works as an administrator with San Diego Unified School District. His favorite pastime is coaching youth sports, gardening, genealogy, drumming, and singing in choir.
Rodney has presented workshops at local, state, and national AEYC conferences in reference to Men in Child Care and Diversity. He has previously been a mentor of a Rites of Passage program for young males. Rodney is currently an ordained Elder with his Presbyterian congregation where he spearheads community outreach.
Making the world a better place than inherited is always the vision for Rodney. He truly wants to see inclusion among the ranks of early childhood. It is important that his daily walk aligns with his articulated vision. His favorite symbol is the ancient Sankofa bird that hovers over the universe. Sankofa is destined to "Correct which has not been done." This adage can be aligned in the words of Marian Wright Edelman; "Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it."