Regan Bynder was first introduced to Learning Stories in 2016, through a student of Dr. Annie White. The student was a teacher in one of the child development programs Regan was a trainer and coach for. The passion this student showed towards integrating Learning Stories into her work at the center was so powerful she reined Regan into the process. It was not long after Regan and the student began an implementation pilot at 2 centers. Working with small teaching teams they met monthly to engage in dialogue, share examples and support one another with implementation. Dr. Annie heard about the pilot work and invited Regan to participate in the 2017 Intensive Study Tour. A group of 10 practitioners joined Dr. Annie, Wendy Lee and Margaret Carr in New Zealand to immerse themselves in the land, culture and practice of Learning Stories. Since that trip Regan has presented Learning Stories 101 at local and national conferences, continues to support Learning Stories implementation in centers and early care programs she coaches, participates in a Learning Stories Inquiry Group and tries very hard to maintain her SLASA Board membership.
Regan is the Operations Specialist for Early Childhood Programs at VCOE. Her career in early childhood spans 30 years. She received her Bachelor’s in Child Development from Northeastern University, Boston and her Masters in Human Development and Psychology from UCLA. Her professional journey includes teaching, directing, resource and referral supports, family child care network administration, project management, coaching, training, and consulting. Regan’s passions include Social and Emotional Development, STEM in ECE, Inclusion, Long Term Investigations, Learning Stories, Teacher Beliefs and Mindsets, and Natures Place in ECE. She is a recognized coach and trainer for CA Teaching Pyramid, authorized in Toddler and Pre-K CLASS, a National LEAD STEM fellow, a Beginning Together Preschool Inclusion authorized Trainer, an Outdoor Classroom Specialist Level 1 and recently was notified she was accepted as an aRPy Ambassador through the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center to support dissemination and implementation of DEC recommended practices and improvements. She lives in Ventura County with her two amazing children and Cooper the wonder dog.