EAST HYDE PARK
PLAYFUL PANDAS (Infants)
MOCHINIQUE JAMASON - TEACHER
In 2019, I graduated as an honor student from National-Louis University with a B.A. in Early Childhood Practice. I have been in the field of education since 2012, and have developed a set of skills that I take pride in. When it comes to nurturing the minds of young children, I feel most confident that I can provide families and children with adequate support as they partake in new learning experiences. As a mother of 3, I believe that it is most important for me to lead by example; therefore, I apologize when I am wrong, and I speak less and listen more when it is most appropriate for effective change. In doing so, I am giving my children and anyone I come across the best version of me at that time.
“In life, experiences will force you to self-reflect—that is when you do your best to accept accountability, modify yourself, and be who you truly aspire to be.” -Mochinique
SPARKLE JENKENS - TEACHER
Hello! My name is Sparkle Jenkins. I've been working with children for 6 years. I'm currently pursuing my BA in Early Childhood Development at Ashford University. I obtained my CDA in 2017. As a teacher I believe I am responsible for providing infants, toddlers and young children a safe, nurturing environment where they can have positive learning experiences. I strive to model respect for children as well as their parents. Respect for children as well as parents is important for the child to have a great learning experience. Children are motivated to learn when they have opportunities to make choices in an environment that is enriching and stimulating. I believe children learn best through play. They learn through all their senses by tasting, touching, seeing, hearing and smelling. By watching and imitating people close to them, they learn language and behavior. This is why it is important to model the behavior you want the children to display.
TINY TURTLES (Toddlers)
EDWANA PRICE - TEACHER
Hello! My name is Edwana and I am a teacher in the Toddler Classroom. I have 25 years of experience working professionally and specifically with Toddlers, Twos, and Three-year-old's. Toddlers and Twos are my absolute favorite groups because they are raw and uncut at those ages. Literally what you see is what you get with them and I love every bit of it! I am currently working toward finishing my B.A in ECE. I began working with Todds, Twos, and Threes right out of high school. Even as a child I have always taken an interest in taking care of and advocating for children younger and at times older than myself. One of the things I love most about working with young children is getting to know who they are individually, and observing how they express and present their own unique qualities. Seeing how children are so naturally accepting of, and accommodating toward each other without losing sight of, or relinquishing their boundaries or authenticity has assisted me in my walk through life and is one of the central most things that keeps me grounded day to day. In my spare time I do a lot of research as I love to learn new things and often wonder about any variety of things from how the brain functions to the rotation of the various planets cycling around the sun. It's an honor for me to work with children and be afforded their trust as well as the trust of the parents for whom we are each child's first teacher.
SHANICE SMITH - ASSISTANT TEACHER
Education: Pursuing a BA in Nursing. 5+ years experience in ECE
Tell us something fun about yourself: My family and friends nicknamed me “detective” because I can always find or figure out things given minimal details.
What do you love about teaching or early childhood? What I love the most about teaching ECE is being able to see a child develop and grow. I absolutely love to see when a child has grasped a concept and is eager to learn more.
What’s your favorite area of play and why? My favorite area of play for children, without a doubt, is dramatic play! This is my favorite because dramatic play gives children a chance to use their amazingly creative imaginations to place themselves in their own world of play. Dramatic play is also my favorite because it is a time where children can interact with other children freely.
LONDON CASON - SUPPORT TEACHER (EAST INFANTS/TODDLERS)
Hello, my name is London Cason, and I am an Assistant Teacher for Infants/Toddlers! I recently graduated from National Louis University with a B.A. in Applied Educational Studies. However, one day I plan to go back to receive my B.A. in Special Education. Why Special Education? Because it has been a dream of mine to work with children with special needs, especially deaf/hard-of-hearing children. My disability is a big inspiration for that. I am hard of hearing myself, which sets me apart from the Little Inspiration staff in a big way! However, I don’t let my disability stop me from reaching my goals. Working with young children gives me such a high as an educator because every day is new. Every day I see growth in every child, and that growth is always celebrated in their learning. I choose to teach because of the simple fact that I want to help. I want to help grow their little minds and as well as grow within themselves. You will be surprised at how much growth happens within a month of an infant’s or toddler’s life! When I am not working, I am a daughter, big sister, aunt, and friend who loves to read, write, and just live life with a smile 😊