Preschool music teacher who develops curriculum with a child's biological, cognitive and social-emotional processes in mind. Committed to the healthy maturation of every child involved. Children will learn the joy, excitement and love of music, through age and developmentally appropriate songs, instruments, activities and fun!
30 years in early childhood education
Youth Ministry Leader
Preschool Music Teacher
Public singer and speaker
First Aid and CPR certified
Mother of 2 children
Adept at working with special needs children
Proficient in coordinating and prioritizing multiple projects simultaneously
Implements multiple positive behaviors to support children's social, emotional and cognitive development
Positively supports children's IQ and EQ through intentional teaching and age appropriate, child-centered curriculum
Building Blocks Early Learning CenterPreschool Music Teacher | Shelton, Stamford and Wilton, CT. | September 2015 - Current
Inspire the joy of music to children from infants to 5 years old, through age appropriate active exploration games and activities which include music genre and various instruments that foster reasoning, problem solving and fun!
Infants receive baby massage and exercise with bilateral and cross lateral movements to the steady beat of appropriately chosen music, including common lullaby's.
Develop experiences where toddlers learn through corresponding music and movement activities, including clapping to the beat, shaking maracas, dancing and more.
Develop experiences where three-year old children learn multiple age appropriate music genres combined with various movements and activities. Including instrument play, circle dances, finger plays and more.
Develop experiences where four-year old children learn and engage in more in-depth music vocabulary words, including staccato, legato, tone pitch rhythm, etc. As well as experiencing a large variety of instrument play.
Bnai-Torah Nursery SchoolAssistant Teacher | Trumbull, Connecticut | September 2015 - July 2016
Worked with interdisciplinary team members to evaluate children's progress and recommend appropriate learning plans.
Fostered reasoning and problem solving through active exploration games and activities.
Gave one-on-one attention to children while maintaining overall focus on the entire group.
Established daily routines that were age and developmentally appropriate
Nurtured a supportive learning environment that was often used as a model for other classrooms.
Old Greenwich Music StudioKindermusik Teacher | Old Greenwich, CT | January 2006 - January 2014
Taught Mommy & Me classes, to children ages birth to 3 years old, including infant massage and exercise.
Executed age appropriate curriculum for children ages birth to 3 years old.
Modeled positive behavior modification through redirection and affirmation.
Engaged children and parents with music and movement activities that included language and literacy, social-emotional growth, cognitive support, inhibitory control and taking turns.
Stimulated children's brains through bi-lateral and cross lateral movements in accordance with particular music.
Associate of ScienceEarly Childhood EducationHousatonic Community CollegeBridgeport, CT. | Current
Graduation Fall 2017
Member of the PHI THETA KAPPA National Honor Society
Created and executed presentation regarding the importance of educating parents, teachers and children in Emotional Intelligence (EQ)
Course work included over 400 hours of practicum classroom experience in several NAEYC Accredited Early Childhood Education Programs within Connecticut
Course work included 200 hours of supervised student teaching experience in a 3-4 year old classroom, which included collection of assessment data on four specific children, two activity plan observations conducted by a College Supervisor, lesson planning and intentional teaching
Course work included 120 hours shadowing a Master Teacher with a focus on DAP teaching strategies and methods in Early Childhood Education with children 2-4 yrs. old
Course work included 60 hours of observation, assessment collection and participation of a preschool following he CT PAF framework with DAP activity planning supporting the CT ELDS
Course work included shadowing and supporting children with special needs
Created and executed parent workshop presentation to 85 people, regarding the implementation of music throughout the healing process of life's difficulties
Attended/Transfer StudentEarly Childhood Education Norwalk Community CollegeNorwalk, CT. | Transfer Student 2009-2011
Course work in Early Childhood Inclusive Education
Observation and assessment of NAEYC accredited programs
Created and presented "Strategies to Prevent Negative Effects of Stress in Children"
Attended Act II Theater DepartmentMusical TheaterAlbertus Magnus College-Act II TheaterNew Haven, CT. | Attended 1991-1994
Vocal training at Act II Theater
Performed in Man of La Mancha, The King and I, Citizen Dolly and Dames at Sea
Ballet and Tap Instruction
Attended/Transfer StudentLiberal Arts/MusicGateway Community CollegeNew Haven, CT. | 1989-1992
Course work in Music History, Music Appreciation and Music Theory
Course work in Piano and vocal performance
Sang for Special Olympics
Organized and executed multiple Holiday concerts for 50 preschoolers at BBELC
Taught and supported children's Christmas concerts for SCCOC
Sang for Yale's Commencement Ceremony at Woolsey Hall
Spoke and sang at various and multiple Women's Conferences and events