Meet the Department Chair of Education Programs

Tonia Padrick

Photo of Tonia Padrick, Department Chair of Education Programs at Johnston Community College


Department Chair of Education Programs


Main Campus
Health Sciences Building, Room F132



M.A. Education – Early Childhood Education – University of Phoenix
B.A. Education - Education of Young Children, University of North Carolina Wilmington
A.A.S. Early Childhood Education – Cape Fear Community College
A.A.S. Accounting – Commonwealth College of Virginia

Certifications/Licensure/Professional Associations

  • NC Institute for Child Development Professionals:  Early Educator Certification Level 12
  • NC-AEYC/ National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Member
  • NC-ACCESS/ACCESS (Associate Degree Early Childhood Educators Association) Member
  • NC Early Childhood Administration Credential Equivalency-Level III
  • NC Early Childhood Lead Teacher Credential Certification
  • Teaching Strategies GOLD Certified Administrator
  • NC Foundations for Early Learning and Development Trained
  • Quality Matters Reviewer Trained
  • Former NC Certified ITS-SIDS Trainer
  • NC Certified BSAC Trainer
  • Play It Safe (NC Playground Safety) Trainer

Professional Organizations and Activities

  • NAEYC Early Childhood Higher Education Accreditation Peer Reviewer
  • Quality Matters Reviewer
  • Textbook Reviewer (2016-2020)
  • Latham Clinical Schools Network and Partnership Teach (ECU) Joint Advisory Board
  • Johnston County Schools Career & Technical Education Advisory Council
  • NC Child Care Resource & Referral Advisory Council
  • Partnership for Children of Johnston County Evaluation Committee
  • Johnston County Think Babies Initiative
  • JoCo Family Engagement Coalition
  • ACCESS Think Tank Team
  • NC ACCESS Trauma Informed Workgroup
  • JCC Curriculum Committee Member since 2015
  • JCC Academic Advisor

Professional Experience

  • Early Childhood Education Teacher (Infants, Three-Fours, Kindergarten)
  • Early Childhood Education Administrator
  • Family Child Care Home Owner-Operator
  • Professional Development Coordinator – Smart Start of New Hanover County & Pender County
  • Quality Enhancement Consultant – Smart Start of New Hanover County
  • Stacking Up the Stars Trainer
  • Early Childhood Instructor since 2006
  • Continuing Education Coordinator
  • Education/Teacher Preparation Instructor