I am a professional early chilhood teacher, co-owner of Little Einsteins Daycare LLC, in New York City, and the author of Making Sense of Children's Senses- Relaxation Strategies for the Chaotic Classroom. I have more than twenty years experience working with young children in early childhood environments, ranging from daycare centers to family and group daycare homes. I take great pride in my work with children and in having been a positive influence in the lives of countless of children that although living in low-income neighborhoods, rose above the statistics and became achieving students beyond the elementary years. Some of them still communicate with me although they now lead busy adult lives, thus they continue to warm my heart.
The best part of being an early childhood professional is teaching young children everything they need to know about the world around them, and to do so in an environment of peaceful cooperation where children thrive emotionally, physically and academically. An environment where teachers actually get to teach. instead of spending most of their day disciplining and handling conflicts.
Being a reinassance woman at heart, I've also taken up studies in relaxation therapy and interior design. I thus promote aesthetically pleasing and relaxing childhood environments, and firmly believe an inviting classroom is key to enhancing and fostering positive behavior in children, even those with challenging behaviors.. Therefore, one of the key components in my workshops is teaching color theory and how to apply it in the classroom in order to create visual harmony and a sense of tranquility. What I have learned through my studies and experiences alike has helped me to develop a unique pattern of relaxation strategies that automatically will improve the dynamics of any preschool classroom as chaotic as it may seem.
Some of the topics I cover are: the application of aromatherapy,specialized music for relaxation, healing through the visual arts, the therapeutic effects of sandplay, diaphragmatic breathing, and much more. In fact, when hurricane Sandy devastated the neighborhood where our daycare is located, these relaxation strategies were put to the test and proved to be a light in the darkness, as we all (parents, teachers and children) struggled to make sense out of the chaos. Today with God's direction, I want to dedicate time to teaching others the strategies that have helped de-stress the many classrooms I had the priviledge to work in. Together we can create havens of peace and joy, no matter how challenging the situation. We can all learn to make sense of children's senses.