EAST PRESCHOOL TEAM
YESSENIA OLMEDO - Teacher
Education: Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education- Bakersfield College
Tell us something about yourself:
I’m new to Chicago, coming all the way from California, and am excited to be part of such a beautiful city. I have way too many hobbies, some of which are working on art projects, crafting,and painting. I am the happiest when listening to some music, crafting, and when working with children.
What do you love about teaching or early childhood? There are many reasons why I love teaching young children. First off, I love kids! They always seem to be full of energy and smiles. As an early childhood educator I think it’s incredible that we get to see them grow, learn, and develop right before our eyes. The first years of a child’s life are the most crucial years for their development and we, as teachers, get to play a huge role in them alongside their families. The best part is that all of this takes place in a fun, nurturing, and healthy environment so it’s easy to love what we do. What I enjoy the most about being an early childhood teacher is being in a reciprocal learning environment. I feel like I learn from my students every single day just as much as they are learning from me, and honestly, it is such a rewarding feeling.
What is your favorite area of play and why? I would say that my favorite area of play is locomotor play, or outdoor play. I think exercise play that involves large body activity is important, not only for children’s physical training of muscles, strength, endurance, and skill but it also supports cognitive development and helps them focus better while working on other tasks. Whether it be dancing in the classroom, playing in the gross-motor room, or outdoors in the playground, it is always a fun choice of play.
HAFIZA A. KARIM - TEACHER
Education: B.A.S., Major - Early Childhood Practice Minor - Psychology Advanced Certificate - Early Childhood
Tell us something fun about yourself: I am the second oldest of 6! I love the summer, I love going to the beach, my favorite colors are pink and green. I love being silly with my students, as well as singing off-key.
What do you love about teaching or early childhood? The best moment for me as a teacher is witnessing a student grasp a concept for the first time. There is no better reward than helping a student finally reach clarity. This moment can be life-changing for both student and teacher.
What’s your favorite area of play and why? My favorite area of play is the dramatic play area. In this area there is no limit! One moment I can be a chef, the next moment I’m sitting in a salon chair getting my hair/makeup done.
TANAE BURTON - ASSISTANT TEACHER
Education: Bachelor's in Multimedia Art, Associates in Fine Arts
Tell us something fun about yourself: I love to go kart racing and play laser tag.
What do you love about teaching or early childhood? I love how easily the kids pick up on new concepts and ideas. I enjoy watching them learn who they are as well as their role in society.
What’s your favorite area of play and why? My favorite area of is
Library. The kids love to read stories with their teachers and I love to join
them in making up their own stories.