Andrea Lee

"Mistakes are allowed."
Andrea Lee
PreK Head Teacher

This was the literal writing on the wall in my own Pre-K classroom — a poster that hung on the door — and I remember it to this day. The sentiment was genuine and my teachers encouraged a safe space for children to be curious, explorative, to try and try again. That is the kind of environment I strive to offer to the children and families I work with.

I received my B.A. in Anthropology and Gender Studies from Princeton University and began teaching as a Pre-K assistant teacher in the Orange School District before coming to the Coop. As a steadfast student and a dedicated early childhood educator, I hope to involve children in daily practices that nurture their innate curiosity, support their desire to learn through play and hands-on exploration, and help children cultivate understanding and respect for themselves and for their local and global communities. My emphasis in teaching is on supporting young children as they develop social-emotional awareness, compassion and resilience.

In addition to teaching in the classroom, I am an environmental educator at the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and a certified Yoga instructor. I am an urban farmer at the Rabbit Hole Farm in Newark, NJ and long-time student of Yoga. I combine my interests in education, contemplative practices, and environmental welfare in programs I offer through the Newark Center for Meditative Culture and the Yoga Life Society. The Coop is dedicated to helping children “turn the world around’ and I’m fortunate to be part of that revolution.