I have been an advocate for early childhood education for 20 years. Currently, I am the Educational Director of Stagg Street Center for Children at the Bushwick Improvement Society. As the director, I am responsible for the implementation of policy and procedures which requires distributing to all staff; their job descriptions, staff orientations, establishing the employee handbook, reinforcing the program philosophy, educating the staff with professional development, implementation of curriculum and the enrollment of children for the center. Also, as the director I am the mentor for the children, parents and employees that I serve. The parents and the children receive workshops on their essential needs.
The implementation of the Early Learn NYC program allows this center to expand on the school readiness goals and the common core standards for early childhood. My vision is to assist the whole child in their development and their families in a successful learning experience in early childhood education with positive transitions into school by enforcing the learning domain.
I have a Master Degree in Education/Special Education Childhood from Touro College, Bachelor of Business Administration (Bernard Baruch College) and Applied Associates Degree in Marketing (Queens borough Community College). In addition, I currently attend the Executive Leadership Institute and CPAC.
Philosophy of Educating Children:
My educational beliefs are influenced by Maslow’s Hierarchy in reference to the Curriculum development process of the day care environment for early childhood. We can consider using his theory to enhance the motivation of children in the classroom. Children seek the physiological needs from birth. We provide them the basic need throughout the day which includes food, water, sleep, and homeostasis. As we venture to the next level, the curriculum should incorporate security or safety that your families and their children will have resourceful place to obtain a safe haven to be left in the care of others. The curriculum integrates for children a relationship between adult- child, child-child, teacher-families, and even staff- staff. The environment should be a friendly, nurturing, protective, and productive.
We should give each child a positive feedback to promote self-esteem. Children obtain confidence when the curriculum gives them the desire to achieve. The child will learn to strive to exhibit respect for others and learn receive respect by others. Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs allows us to evaluate our existence that eventually will yield to the essence of our curriculum. Self –actualization- “ the desire to become more and more what one is, to become everything that one is capable of becoming” (Maslow, The Right to be Human, A Biography of Abraham Maslow Edward Hoffman McGraw- Hill. 1988).I believe that this quote represents a part of what curriculum should be about. Also, from Lev Vygotsky (zone of proximal development and scaffolding), Erik Erikson (stages of psychosocial development), Jean Piaget (purposeful play), and John Dewey (the physical environment, materials, families and community cultures affect children’s learning); we utilizes these building blocks as the foundation of early childhood. I believe that all theorist assist teachers to develop their students with interaction, social competence, creates a rich environment for learning and fosters a strong home-school connection.