"The future belongs to the curious. The ones who are not afraid to try it, explore it, poke at it, question it, and turn it inside out."
When I walked through the doors of the Montclair Cooperative School more than a decade ago, I knew this place was something special. I was a young educator. My studies in Early Childhood Education at William Paterson and Montclair State University, and hands-on experience working in schools that focus on the Reggio Emilia approach to education had prepared me for leading a curious group of young learners. I had taken a course taught by Lauretta Freeman, one of the Co-op co-founders. She spoke about a school where children are free to explore, where their studies lead them to real life experiences and where children are happy to learn and go to school each day!
How lucky I was to start here as an assistant teacher, then After School Program coordinator and then my current position as the Head Teacher of Early Ages. It truly takes a village to raise a child, and how fortunate I am to be a part in watching so many Co-op children grow and blossom! Little did I know that my 3 and 4 year old students would end up teaching me more about life, love, friendships, relationships and being part of a community than I had ever imagined!
When I am not in the classroom or on the ice skating rink with the After School Program, I enjoy traveling and exploring new cultures and cuisines, making jewelry, and practicing Yoga.