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Head of WNC’s Child Development Center plans to continue Doran’s legacy

Western Nevada College

Anna Lisa Acosta is WNC’s new Child Development Center director.

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At Western Nevada College, Anna Lisa Acosta is tasked with following Andrea Doran as director of the Child Development Center. Doran is leaving her post after serving families and caring for children in the community for 20 years.

Acosta comes to WNC after regulating child care in Nevada through the state licensing unit. She's well aware of the successful program Doran has cultivated and fostered at WNC's Child Development Center and is determined to build on it.

"Andrea has built a wonderful quality program at WNC," Acosta said. "She has put her heart into this program and that shows through the program itself, staff and families that are committed. She has left some pretty big shoes to fill. I hope to continue her legacy and add my own strengths into the program to ensure it is continuing to grow and succeed for our children, families and staff."

Acosta's interest in child care began in college while working as a preschool teacher and after-school caregiver.

"I love working with young children and being able to witness and be a part of their development," she said. "There is so much development at this young stage in life, from social, emotional, physical and so on. Being able to be a part of this growth period for children is so rewarding."

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This exciting new role for Acosta begins on Monday. She wants to let the families and children know they are her No. 1 priority.

"The first thing I would like to jump into is getting to know our families and children. It is important to me that families know our children come first," Acosta said.

"I believe that all children are unique in their personality, abilities and development. While we can have an idea of development for our children, we need to address and take into account each child's own individuality."

When she's not working, Acosta devotes herself to her children and volunteering at local schools and with youth sports organizations.

"Both of my children are heavily involved in school activities and sports, so that leaves very little free time, but it is wonderful to be able to help them follow their dreams and passions," Acosta said.

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