Meet The Teaching Team

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I am the Director of Minds at Play Preschool and have lived in my house, which resides on the property of the school, for two years. I was employed by Dignity Health for 16 years, mostly in the pediatric department. I have 2 grown daughters and 12 grandchildren. I am very dedicated to Minds at Play Preschool and love the children we have. I retired from Dignity Health and now spend most of my time helping out in the classroom with a wonderful staff.

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I joined Minds at Play Preschool in August of 2021 as the Lead Teacher/Program Director. I have worked in the field of Early Childhood Education for twenty years. Beginning my experience as a teacher assistant, I worked at a university campus-based childcare for 5 years, which emphasized the importance of a relationship based atmosphere with an emphasis in implementing a play-based, child-interest driven curriculum. Having had the opportunity in working with children between the ages of 15 months to 4 years, I enrolled in the Master’s Program in Early Childhood Education to further my education in this field, which was completed in the Spring of 2006.

 

Following my education, I have had extensive experience filling the role of a teacher in a preschool setting, which embraces the importance of a play based atmosphere, emphasizing an emergent, project based approach and Reggio inspired curriculum. I am dedicated to providing a warm and nurturing environment for children and families and I especially take great joy in incorporating my love for nature and the arts into the children’s daily experiences.

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My name is Arianna. I am 23 years old, soon to be 24. I love to spend time outdoors when the weather is nice. I go on hikes or sit by the river with a book and my journal. I even enjoy roller blading searching for new places to explore.

While the majority of my work experience is in the restaurant industry I have worked with children before. During my senior year of high school and in the year following I was working in an in-home preschool very similar to the one we are running here. To add, I grew up with four baby siblings whom I would play with and help out with a ton! I enjoyed being around children so much I began to pursue early childhood education as a major in college with plans to turn it into a career. Of course life takes its turns and it has been some years since I have been in this field with young ones but I am glad to have returned. I believe we can learn alot by working closely with children and having a desire to learn from and aid in the development of young minds is why I am most excited to be a teacher here at Minds at Play Preschool.