Master of Science – Child Development
Erikson Institute, Chicago IL
Bachelor of Arts – Sociology and Urban Planning
University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, Urbana IL
Children have so much to offer those around them; they see the world in unique and vibrant ways and should be offered an education that encourages them to share these insights with those around them. I believe that the early years of a child’s life are crucial to their development, and providing children with a safe, nurturing, and dynamic space to learn and explore is incredibly important in fostering their developing curiosity and love for learning. It is also vital that children feel safe, loved, and supported within their learning environment, and I believe that building this attachment and feeling of safety between child and teacher is the first step in creating a successful classroom community.
I believe that children are naturally curious and that all children bring their own, unique approach to learning; it is our role as educators to support children in expressing these unique ideas and approaches. As a teacher, my goal is to recognize the different ways in which each child approaches learning and provide differentiated activities that best support these individual approaches. I hope to learn alongside the children I am working with; together, I believe we can support one another in exploring our creativity and building upon our strengths as a supportive and inquisitive community of learners.
Building supportive and communicative relationships with parents and other educators is also a crucial component to a child’s success. In order to fully understand a child’s needs, it is important to understand the perspective of their first teachers: their parents. I believe in the importance of building a positive relationship with families in which teachers and parents can openly communicate and exchange ideas.
Creating a classroom environment in which each child feels loved, supported, and heard is incredibly important to me. I believe that when children feel validated emotionally, socially, and intellectually, they develop a sense of confidence in exploring and understanding the world around them, and I will work to provide each child with this validation.
Early Childhood Associate Teacher