Hi, I'm Jenni!
Tell us a little about yourself I have been working with homeschool families for over a decade in a variety of capacities. Six years ago, I started homeschooling a 14 year old in NYC and quickly discovered that navigating the NYS regulations, while daunting, was not nearly a hard as I had anticipated. In fact, it was fun. My background in childcare, the NYC public school system, and my own journey in navigating the educational system has created a vast wealth of information for me to draw upon. I'm familiar with most educational philosophies and homeschool styles and currently work with families looking to hone their approach, perfect their paperwork, navigate next steps, or put together transcripts for further education. From homeschool veterans to those who are just starting to look into homeschooling, I love working with families to create the perfect educational plan for each individual student.
What is your philosophy on and approach to behavioral management?It is my experience that when a child is in an environment that works to serve their needs, many "problem behaviors" disappear because the inherent need to be heard and valued has been addressed. Rather than managing a child's behavior for them, I prefer to serve as a facilitator as a child learns to manage their own behavior in ways that makes social engagement easier and more pleasant for them.
Do you have experience working with children with special needs? I briefly served as a high school special education teacher in Brownsville, Brooklyn for the NYC DOE. It is my opinion that all children have unique needs that are rarely served in one-size-fits-all education model.
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? Human connection is essential to the development of our children. The inter- generational mixing of our communities is essential to the development of our society and the mental and emotional health of our species. Online learning is a powerful tool and one that should be utilized. But it is impossible to pass along all of the wisdom, culture, experience, and anecdotes that we need to survive as whole people through a computer screen. Learning how to have relationships of all kinds is the most important lesson in life and live teachers are an essential part of that learning.
How can we, as teachers of children, work to build a society where people are respectful towards each other and the environment? Modeling is the only way. We cannot ask our children to do what we ourselves do not. In that vein, we must treat children as valuable members of society and treat them with the same respect we would show anyone else.