Date of hire: June 2006
My favorite children's book/story:
Fancy Nancy by Jane O'Connor
I love her free spirit and fun attitude. The idea that not everyone in the family has to be the same but you can all still love each other!
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
"In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines Lived twelve little girls in two straight lines." What's not to love about twelve little girls growing up in the beautiful city of Paris! A must when we travel to Paris in Innovative!
Fun facts about me:
• I have twins that started at the Children's Center in 2013!
• My husband proposed to me on top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris! France is one my favorite countries to teach about in Innovative!
• I have been lucky enough to grow up surrounded by grandparents and great-grandparents! I met my great-great-grandma. My great-grandma Mimi lived to be 101 and my great-grandma Marianna is still alive at 93. Last year we took the twins to meet her and took a 5 generation photo with my mom and grandma, too!
Why did you decide to work with preschoolers?
While I was going to school, I planned to become an elementary school teacher. During this time I was working as a nanny. I would work with the families until the children started kindergarten. I realized that I really enjoyed preschoolers. So, I started working here!
What do you love the most about teaching/working with little ones?
What I love the most about working with little ones is that moment when you teach/show a child something new and you see them light up. That is the best! Also, as an innovative teacher, I love when the parents tell me the kids were teaching the parents some of the information we've been talking about in class.
From your perspective, what makes the Children's Center so special?
It is so hard to explain in words what makes the Children's Center so special. When you walk into the Children's Center and hang out for a while, you just feel it!