Teacher Sarah has worked with children from birth to elementary age for 17 years, the last 10 of which have been focused on preschool age children. Her teaching philosophy is based on following the children’s lead for play and learning (emergent curriculum), positive guidance, and facilitating problem solving rather than solving problems for them. She views teaching as facilitating a love for learning using fun and positive tools. She uses a strength-based approach to learning by focusing on each child’s skills and using them as a foundation. She gives children tools appropriate for their individual personalities, temperaments, and needs to help them achieve their highest potential. In doing this, a positive and loving bond is created between the children and the caregivers, helping the children build trust in adults and their peers.
Teacher Sarah uses music and movement to address developmental needs in children 12 months to 5 years old. She is a strong proponent of learning and gaining confidence through creative outlets and through playing freely with positive modeling from adults. When children are having fun and being freely creative they absorb more from their every day interactions.
Teacher Sarah is also a singer-songwriter, musician (guitar and piano), and a very proud single parent to an 18 year old boy!
After teaching in a preschool, Ginny attended the University of Maine where she completed her Master of Science in Human Development and Family Studies. She became familiar with parenting programs such as Parents as Teachers, Healthy Families, and the Teen and Young Parent Program when working as a graduate assistant for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. Wanting to work with families, Ginny became a Home-Based Family Therapist in a strengths based program for Catholic Charities Maine supporting at-risk families. It allowed her to pursue her commitment to working with families and children to promote healthy development within the family system. It was through this work she was able to provide parent education at a clinical level. She was able to encourage and support parents as they developed the tools to parent positively and effectively, becoming resilient families. After moving to Pittsburgh, Ginny worked in the Department of Psychiatry at Allegheny General Hospital where she became involved in research to establish evidenced based treatment for children and adolescents diagnosed with PTSD. After relocating to Seattle, Ginny took time to raise a family. She has two boys, ages 6 and 9.