Hi, I'm Miss Christina!

Tell us a little bit about yourself. Nanny for five years. Mama to a toddler. Former co-teacher in infant room at a Reggio Emilia inspired program devoted to Mother Earth. We harvested our own garden, took care of chickens and other animals, went on nature walks, and spent lots and lots of time outdoors in all weather. New to beautiful Minneapolis, our dream city. Believer in respecting children and all living things, teaching compassion and empathy, soft spot for Arts and Science.  

What is your philosophy on and approach to behavioral management? Child-led philosophy, but with strong roots in Positive Guidance - which is a term that gets thrown around a lot, and there are a lot of signature phrases associated with it, but what it comes down to is finding ways to have meaningful conversations about how our behavior impacts the people and world around us. Not saying "this is WRONG, this is RIGHT", but actually working through problems, questions, and the abstract to establish inner peace, so that there may be outer peace. Emphasis on getting child to think and react not with lower but upper part of brain.

Who was your favorite teacher and why? Mrs. Saleeze - because she taught me the power of my own thoughts and the comfort you will find in exchanging ideas through conversations and written word. And because she assigned me the book A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I needed that book very much!

Do you have experience working with children with special needs?  Experience with children with Autism and Sensory Processing Disorders, although I still have much to learn. I offered a safe space when things got too overwhelming.

Credentials CPR, some coursework in early childhood education.