I entered the world of children as a creative dance teacher for hundreds of children in LAUSD one summer in 1969. As I pursued my dance degree at UCLA, I learned of Orff-Schulwerk music. Dance/children/music–equaled joy for me! What would I do with this discovery?
I began my teaching career in earnest, as a Bradley childbirth teacher and birth guide, opening my eyes to the practice of mindfulness as a tool in birthing and parenting.
Next, I landed in the world of parent participation nursery schools, multi-aged, early childhood learning environments. David Elkind, Bev Bos, Constance Kamii, Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky, Eleanor Duckworth, and musicians Marcia Berman, Patti Zeitlin, Raffi, Malvina Reynolds, and Ella Jenkins contributed lenses to my view of childhood as a special time of life, worth protecting.
I later became an elementary teacher and school administrator in a range of schools: public, independent, religious, magnet, charter, and dual language immersion, always seeking a way to integrate what I had learned about the gifts of childhood as I worked with children and parents. I studied about Montessori, Waldorf, and Reggio education approaches integrating wisdom from each in my personal approach to teaching. As I completed a Masters in Education and coursework for a Doctorate in Education, Curriculum and Instruction I began to see how my early instincts about learning had served me well.
Now a grandmother, I see how my beliefs and knowledge have been reflected in modern research about learning and neuropsychology. I believe that childhood is a magical time of life to be cherished and nurtured. It’s a time of growth and attaining the elements of the adult we will become. Nothing is more important than cultivating environments for children that reflect reverence for the first stages of life. At this time in my life, I seek to be of benefit to parents and teachers as they pass through the world in the company of children. Come join the magic!