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Ms. Jean Cobb is the director of the Hudson Children's Day Care Center. She has been affiliated with that institution since its inception and then in the 1970's she became its director. In her interview she covers much of her activities at the day care center including its curriculum, staffing, continuos training, regulations by which they have to abide. Her background is in Early Childhood Education. Education is also important for her daughter. She talks about the educational system in Hudson and identifies challenges. In this interview she also covers the changes that have occurred in Hudson and feelings of the community about those changes. Hudson is home to her and she still remembers her Childhood and teenage years. The sense of community is important to her. As a returning citizen in the town, she has been involved in many organizations such as her church, businesses where she sometimes volunteers, and civic organization to which she belongs. She an involved and committed member of this community.
I was born in Argentina and came to the US forty years ago. I studied linguistics concentrating on applied linguistics- second language acquisition. I have worked in formal and informal educational environments: from adult education in the South Bronx to teaching and doing administration at a comprehensive institution. Oral histories are important to me as they are a way of giving voice to those who have not been heard in the past. I have been involved in elementary and middle school teacher training in North West Argentina as well as in the United States.
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