I am certified with the MA Department of Early Education and Care in Infant/Toddler, Preschool, and Lead Teacher positions.
Owned and operated a licensed family child care program for infants, toddlers, and preschool children for ten years.
My combined teaching experience working with toddlers and preschool children in a classroom is seven years. Within that timeframe, I spent the majority of my teaching in the toddler group. My practicum experience is working with four-year-olds.
I really enjoy incorporating American Sign Language into my lessons too. My love for A.S.L. comes from my need to communicate with my cousin Daniel. Daniel is Deaf and Blind. Daniel inspired a journey into Deaf studies at Northeastern University and my work at Perkins School for the Blind. I had the pleasure of working with some children at Thompkins Bridgeman, and Keller/Sullivan Cottages with older children mostly teens.
I utilize ASL during circle time with songs, colors, numbers, and animals. I can demonstrate to parents how I sign while I read a story.
My intention is to support the parents with each lesson that I present. Attachments and useful strategies that I have implemented in order to create individual goals for communication.
My lessons will be designed to be developmentally aged appropriate to set-up successful outcomes; for students and families.
I also strive to incorporate concepts of nature and environment, as well as encourage multi-cultural exposure, in daily play activities. I possess patience and empathy for children and help them to maximize their developmental potential. My training has taught me how to assist in a way that empowers and encourages each child.
Having fun while learning is my teaching philosophy.
I enjoy reading and cooking and spending time with my family. I also enjoy hiking, kayaking, and geocaching