Molly Kerns (Ms. Molly)
CEC Early Learning Academy Director
Sonja Carling (Ms. Sonja)
Hi! My name is Sonja Carling. I actually attended CEC Early College and started working in the preschool my senior year of high school. I received my Early Childhood Teacher Level One Certificate from the Community College of Denver during that time. I recently graduated in May 2018, from the Community College of Denver with my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. I am now pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and being outdoors. I am very passionate about the importance of reading to children in early childhood. I enjoy reading to children and believe it plays a key role in building those fundamental emergent literacy skills. I am so fortunate to be a part of the CEC Early Learning Academy. Being that we are located in the high school, we are presented with many opportunities to connect with other career classes and partake in new and special experiences.
Gina Faliano (Ms. Gina)
My name is Gina Faliano, and I am the preschool lead teacher here at CEC. I hold a Bachelors degree in Human Development with a minor in Early Childhood Education from Metropolitan State University of Denver. I have been working with preschool aged children since 2002 and have been teaching here at CEC Early Learning Academy since 2012. Outside of work I love to spend time with my family, get outdoors, read, and create art. I love watching young minds rapidly grow and helping children become the best versions of themselves! My job could not be more FUN or rewarding. I hope to help CEC high school students in the Teaching Careers program develop a love of working with young children and find their “occu-passion”. I have found that the greatest benefit of this program is that we have such great access to unique resources and experiences. Being housed inside this one-of-a-kind high school has given us the opportunity to have real world connections right at our door. I am so thankful to be a part of CEC!