"Susie is a ray of sunshine. My baby and even my toddler adore her."
Everything Is Based in Communication.
As an Early Childhood Educator and Teaching Artist, I know and deeply believe in the importance of Early Communication Skill development, and in the Power of Language and Self Expression. A purposeful play is happening as we have fun jamming, singing and signing with babies and kids.
Focused, Purposeful Early Communication has a profound Positive Impact on a Baby & Parent's relationship and bond. On a child's sense of self. Encouraging and supporting children's' self expression be it with language play, art or music is a truly wonderful gift to give children.
Kids who feel understood are happy kids.
As we sing and play with the babies, as we make art with the kids, I share and model simple ways to use Language & Communication with your child. Incorporating in class Baby Signs, Expressiveness, Energetic Music, Sensory Exploration, Curiosity, Creative Play and more.
Playing with Words is FUN and easy! Parents retain Baby Signs from my classes more easily because I approach it as a game, something that we play!
Sunshine Babies & Kids, by Early Learning Circle. For this program and classes I draw from extensive experience in Early Childhood to create carefully structured, research-based, fun, engaging classes and programs that enrich children's lives.
Founder, Director Of Early Childhood: Moon Soup Inc. Renown NYC Early Childhood Program, incorporated best practices of Montessori, Reggio Emilia and Waldorf education. Locations Midtown East, Astoria, Wall Street, Upper West Side,
Director Of Early Childhood: Aha! Learning Partners. Innovative, research-based "Play Lab" program, NYC; Building and creating Immersive Sensory Enviroments for parents, babies and toddlers. Served as the atelierista, expanding the ideas of young children through materials in this Reggio Emilia influenced program; Curating children's work; Parent Education talks.
Director of Classrooms; Programming & Teacher Training for Early Learning Concepts, Inc.. With locations in NYC, DC, and VA. Developed a Preschool Alternative Program, along with Music and Gym curriculums utilized across a large territory, overseeing teaching staff and classrooms for 13 Gymboree Centers for Early Learning Concepts, Inc. Began as a class teacher, promoted to training teachers, then to developing curriculum. Work included in depth training and required a broad knowledge of infant and early childhood development.
Created & Taught Teacher Training Workshop, Gymboree, Inc., On Communication and Theatrical Techniques for Class Teachers.
Teaching Artist/Lead teacher for various Parents & Child Classes NYC;. Including: Afterschool Art teacher, Jefferson Market PreSchool; Music & Baby Sign Teacher, Manhattan Jewish Montessori; Afterschool Drama Teacher, United Nations School.
Majored in Early Childhood Education at SUNY, BA. Double majored in Theater; Also work as a Director and Dramaturg for new theatrical works. Interestingly this work also has an emphasis on supporting language and communication skills.
Studied ASL at New York Sign Center, ASL NYC, Signing Online and others.
Trainings & Certifications:
Teacher Training in Early Childhood Music Education, Kindermusik
Teacher Training with Karma Kids Yoga
Certified American Heart Association CPR Instructor
Certified Infant Massage Instructor
Organizations, Influences & Other Experiences:
Member of The National Association For The Education Of Young Children
Member of Zero-To-Three.org
Active Performer, Director, Dramaturg
Director with The Actors Studio's PDW
Member of AEA, SAG and the SDC
Singer, Musician and sometimes Painter
At the heart of all this creative and teaching work, is a passion, facility and understanding of the vital importance of language and communication skills in the happiness and well being of children and other humans.
It is all about communication.
My Work With Children & Other Humans