I am so happy to share with you my passion. I began my teaching career as a Junior High Language Arts teacher. I discovered there were a large percentage of my students who did not comprehend what we were reading. This began my quest. How could 50% of my students not understand what they were reading when they were “perfect” oral readers? They read the words on the page flawlessly but could not visualize what they were reading. I needed to answer this question. I began the search for what my students were missing in early childhood education. I became a Waldorf preschool teacher after certification and a Montessori Preschool teacher after certification. Even after 7 years of teaching preschool in two wonderful systems, my search was not over. I decided to go to graduate school and get a Masters in Early Childhood Education whose focus was on Reggio Emilia and NAEYC Best Practices. During this time I transitioned to even smaller children, 6 month old children to 2 year olds in a Mommy and Me Program which I lead while being the Curriculum Director of a preschool. When I had my own baby, I decided to stay home for a few years and nurture my child. What I discovered after all these years of teaching early childhood is that each school system develops a critical facet of the child. Each were extremely important and complemented the others. By integrating all of the different philosophies, you can truly have a balanced child who is able to imagine, have her feet firmly grounded, feel confident in pursuing her ideas and exploring the world around her with her friends by her side.
All of these experiences bring me to where I am today, offering a Toddler/ Preschool Program. I decided to open Little Acorn Nursery School out of my home in San Diego after 17 years of teaching because I have a daughter and knew there wasn’t another program out there using the valuable tools offered in each system. I wanted to share with my daughter my passion, educating little children for a brighter tomorrow.