Atlas Training prides itself on offering a person-centered approach to training. With our program, you are not simply a username but a person with unique strengths, experiences, and training backgrounds. From the beginning, our team will reach out to you to welcome you personally into the program and will be there as a support as you progress through each of the six modules.  Our team members are highly qualified to perform the services they offer within our organization. Our lead instructor holds a Ph.D. and has over 30 years of experience with facilitating CDA training. Other staff members have experience across multiple care settings, age groups, and service populations.

Dr. Hogan is the founder of Atlas Training, and serves as the Program Director, overseeing the design, development, and facilitation of training cohorts in accordance with current research in early childhood. Dr. Hogan started her career as a family childcare provider, eventually moving to a directorship position with the U.S. Navy to oversee early childhood services for servicemen/women and their children across the world, including Iceland, Bahrain, and Guam. When she returned to the states, her career interests shifted from program management to teacher training, as she felt that she could make a greater impact on children’s lives by ensuring that the teachers who taught them had the skills, experiences, and theoretical understandings necessary to provide informed, responsive, and developmentally appropriate teaching. She earned her PhD in Training and Performance Improvement and served as faculty at The College of New Rochelle and Charter Oak State College for a number of years. She remains committed to degree attainment and higher education, but recognizes that there is a training gap for entry level providers. Through Atlas Training, Dr. Hogan seeks to address this gap to ensure that ALL teachers have the knowledge and skills they need to help children be successful.  Dr. Hogan takes pride in your success and is eager to hear from you along your CDA journey! Please feel welcome to reach out to Dr. Hogan at any time at

Jisel Cordero was born and raised in the South Bronx! She attended Bronx Community college, where she obtained her CDA while working towards her Associates Degree. She then proceeded to Boricua College, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in education. Lastly, she obtained her master’s degree in early childhood education. She has worked with children for over 15 years, has 3 biological children, and a revolving door of foster children. Her passion is to connect, assist, and support children, care takers and community partners through education and community resources. Jisel currently teaches Atlas Training’s Spanish cohorts, and takes pride in supporting participants as they transition to online learning modalities.

Cassandra Shanklin currently lives in Washington state with her family. She holds a master’s degree with a certification in elementary education (K-8) and currently teaches Kindergarten in Bellevue, Washington. Prior to moving to Washington, Cassandra worked in Waterbury, CT as an early childhood professional in a NAEYC-accredited center and she served as a City Year volunteer for two years, first in Boston, MA, and then in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Cassandra is committed to diversity and equity development in the early childhood field and is part of a large, Chinese community in Washington, where her own children attend a dual-language school.

Elisa Wilson serves as a Program Support Associate for Atlas Training. Prior to joining our team, Elisa served the urban community of Hartford, Connecticut by co-founding an early childhood/ School Readiness program serving children 0-5 years of age and later worked at the UConn Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. Elisa has a successful administrative background, and supports many business functions of Atlas Training. She is available to interested or existing users should you have questions regarding registration processes, payment options, program format, other areas. You may contact her at with any questions, concerns, or thoughts.

Raymond Shanklin serves as a Program Support Associate for Atlas Training. Raymond provides onboarding and registration support to incoming participants and assists with a variety of technical tasks to support fluid program operations. As a full-time parent of a child with Autism, Raymond understands the importance of high-quality early childhood experiences and is committed to helping Atlas Training achieve its mission. Raymond is available to interested or existing users should you have questions regarding registration processes, payment options, program format, other areas. You may contact him at with any questions, concerns, or thoughts.

Caper serves as Atlas Training’s Emotional Support Associate. An intern, Caper joined the team in 2022 and has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to his role.  Caper’s presence and enthusiasm for learning help our team members to maintain a high energy and drive in their work with program students. The team continues to appreciate Caper’s enthusiasm for his work.