Hi, I'm Bazhena!

I speak Russian and English.

I speak Russian and English.

Tell us a little bit about yourself. 
I have Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology and will pursue further education in Childhood Education. I volunteered at KT Murphy Elementary School in Stamford, CT. I home schooled my two children until the age of four years old, as well as, babysat and worked as a lead teacher in a Queens, NY early learning center. I believe that every child is gifted in their own unique way. Children learn best through play and hands on activities. I emphasize play in nature, such as hiking, fishing or just going to the playground at the park. Sensory activities such as arts and crafts and reading are vital to the child's learning process. I use music to help with big emotions such as anxiety, hyperactivity and sadness. Teaching is my passion, even though I am just beginning my journey, I truly believe in forming a strong foundation for the future.

What is your philosophy on and approach to behavioral management?
I praise positive behavior with kind words and stickers. Every bad behavior has a reason for it, are the child's basic needs being met? Hungry, thirsty or tired? I use understanding words to talk to the child about the negative behavior and explain how it affects others. I talk about it to the parents. I do not tolerate hitting, biting, bullying or any violent behavior. The child will have a sit down talk and time out without being able to participate in the class activity. If the child has behavioral issues, I recommend the parents to seek help from a therapist and work on a plan to help the child together.  

In your opinion, what is the role of the live teacher in a world where it is becoming increasingly easy to get access to information through the internet and online courses?
It is important to facilitate online learning with many busy schedules. It would be helpful to provide live guidance to online students.