SUPPORT TEACHING TEAM - Both Campuses
RONDA HOWARD - SUPPORT TEACHER (FRISKY FOXES / FLOAT) In 2002, I started my family; I began focusing on children’s events by volunteering at Chicago schools and partnering at community children’s events for twelve years. This shift in focus revealed the realization and vision of what is missing in urban children’s lives today where I have worked with Dr. Horton, Ph. D., in mentoring children with fun positive activities in Chicago’s south side communities. I believe if you raise awareness of solutions for early prevention of stress relief and anxiety with fun positive activities, that child will gain high self-esteem, strong self-control and willpower to accomplish their goals. My background was in marketing and promotion for the corporate industry, which I truly don’t miss, since I changed my career to early child development.
I truly enjoy working with children, and have returned to school to receive my degree in early child development. While working at Little Inspirations, I continue to do after school programs. I believe that children are the joy of the world and we must provide the tools of motivation that stimulate our children to develop cognitive, social, and language skills so that they can achieve their goals. When you provide a happy positive environment, like here at Little Inspirations, everyone benefits and achieves goals together. I truly appreciate being a team member at Little Inspirations and always look forward to walking in the door and receiving warm smiles from the children and teachers. There’s no better way to start the day!
ASHLEY PICKETT - ASSISTANT TEACHER
Education: Some Education in Early Childhood Education, and Social Work.
Tell us something fun about yourself: My favorite color is any shade of brown. I love animals. I worked at an animal shelter in college for 2 years.
What do you love about teaching or early childhood? What I really love about Early Childhood Education is as a younger infant room teacher, you get to make a lifelong impression on countless young lives, ensuring that the students get the best start in life. And the appreciation that children show their favorite teachers at this age can be heart-melting.
What’s your favorite area of play and why? My favorite area of play for the younger kids is sensory. It’s so adorable! I love the look on those baby faces when they stick their hands in slime for the first time, that first solid food they eat, or better yet when they try to eat the paint! They are just so curious.