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1.  Introduce Yourself

Posted 05-03-2017 02:33 PM
Hello everyone,

One of the great things about this community is ability make connections with one another.

Our community gets bigger every day. Many of you already know one another, while others are brand-new faces. I feel like it's time that we
take a little time to introduce ourselves!

1. Share your name
2. Where you're from
3. Your favorite children's book and why?

I'll kick us off: I'm Gilmar, the Community Manager of Hello, and I live in Washington, DC but was born in Los Angeles, CA. My favorite children's book is actually a series: The Magic Treehouse books. I loved how each book had a different theme and involved lots of fun time travel!

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Gilmar Rosas
Community Manager
NAEYC
hello@naeyc.org
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2.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 05-04-2017 11:19 AM
My name is Janeen Ward and I am an instructor in the Early Childhood program at Southeast Community College in Lincoln, Nebraska.  I own hundreds of children's books that I read to the students in my classes, so it's hard to pick a favorite.  When I was little, I loved the Frog and Toad series.  Now I love quirky books, such as those written by Mo Willems, Bob Shea, or Michael Ian Black.  I also enjoy attending conferences and meeting children's book authors.

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Janeen Ward
Lincoln NE
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3.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 05-05-2017 07:07 AM
Hello. I am Catherine Roach. I live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and work in Brookfield as a 2 1/2-year old teacher for Grandma's House. I have several favorite children's books, but my absolute favorites are the books in the Come Along, Daisy series. The main character, Daisy, is just like my 2 1/2-year olds. Her adventures of being separated from her mama, being overwhelmed in a big group of ducks, and looking for the 'monster' on the farm are similar to the problems and play themes my littles experience. When I was little I loved the Happy Hollister series-their family had so much fun and so many adventures!

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Catherine Roach
Milwaukee WI
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4.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 05-05-2017 09:23 AM
Janeen, I LOVE Mo Willems -- along with every kid I know! He's really great at responding to correspondence from children, too; we got a signed drawing of Pigeon at my school in RI!

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Chris Amirault
Affiliate Advisory Council
Mérida, Yucatán, México
camirault@naeyc.org
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5.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 05-08-2017 05:06 PM
I had the pleasure of seeing Mo Willems, Dan Santat, and Laurie Keller last fall at the NAEYC Conference in L.A.  It was amazing!

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Janeen Ward
Lincoln NE
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6.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 05-04-2017 11:19 AM
Hi! My name is Cynthia. I am a preschool director in Maplewood NJ. I really have a lot of favorite children's books, but I do enjoy reading Pete the Cat to my students.

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Cynthia Hicks
Springfield NJ
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7.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 05-04-2017 12:37 PM
Hello! My name is Ankit Shah. I currently work as a RTI teacher within Educational Solutions Company.  I have my Bachelors of Education in Early Childhood Education from University of Toledo. Afterwards, I taught 1st & 2nd grades in diverse elementary settings, which include IBO Magnet, Title I, and K-12 Charter School. After teaching for 5 years, I went onto pursue my Masters in Education in Higher Education Administration with Specialization in Student Affairs. After completing my masters degree, I worked within Career Development for about 5 years. I am currently in the process of exploring and wanting to pursue Ph.D degree that will authentically combine K-12 & Higher Education. I am quite excited to begin my new academic journey!!

My favorite children books include: The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear.  It also helps that my own children love to read this particular book!!

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Ankit Shah
Educational Academy for Boys and Girls
Columbus OH
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8.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 05-05-2017 07:08 AM
hi.  what is an RTI teacher?  thanks!

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Stephanie Mock
PennAEYC
Harrisburg PA
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9.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 05-04-2017 12:37 PM
Hi! I'm Chris Amirault. A native New Englander, I have been working as an early childhood systems consultant for the last year while my family lives in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico, and in July we'll be moving up to Tulsa, Oklahoma where I'll be a school director with Tulsa Educare -- a thrilling new position, organization, and community! I'm a member of the NAEYC Affiliate Advisory Council and am really happy about Hello!

My favorite children's book, without question, is "Amazing Grace," which is a deeply human book discussing a number of important issues related to family, culture, and identity in honest, thoughtful ways.

It's great to meet y'all virtually!

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Chris Amirault
Affiliate Advisory Council
Mérida, Yucatán, México
camirault@naeyc.org
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10.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 05-06-2017 10:39 AM
Oh I love the Amazing Grace books!  We have a few of them at our house!

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Lydia M. Bowers
NAEYC Affiliate Advisory Council
Cincinnati, Ohio
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11.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 05-08-2017 03:36 PM
Hello Everyone!
I am Rhonda Perez, an infant toddler specialist from Skip-a-Long Child Care Connection in Peoria, Illinois. I recently changed from being the director of a child care center to my current position and I am loving it!
I have a few favorite books: The Book With No Pictures/ Bear Snores On series/ The Little Mouse,  the Red-Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear/ Tops and Bottoms/ Dinosaur Roar/The Color of My Days. Children's books for adults...Roxaboxen and the Dot.

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Rhonda Perez
Infant Toddler Specialist
SAL Child Care Connection
Peoria, IL
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12.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 05-05-2017 07:09 AM
I know the kids always love Pete the Cat!

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Stephanie Mock
PennAEYC
Harrisburg PA
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13.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 05-04-2017 12:36 PM
Jennifer Burrell, Orange County, California: Where the Wild Things Are  My first son is named Max, and we had so much fun reading and acting out that book.  He is now 28 (!), so it is a great memory. Thanks for starting this thread - great idea!

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Jennifer Burrell
Orange County, CA
OCAEYC
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14.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 05-04-2017 12:37 PM
Good Morning

My name is Joan Lundbohm
I was born in Brooklyn, New York and live in Mission Viejo, CA

My favorite book is The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle because there are so many things to teach children from that book from the life cycle of a butterfly to healthy eating to tissue paper art and the fact that Eric Carle is still alive and answers letters from preschool teachers!!

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Joan Lundbohm
Mission Viejo CA
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15.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 05-04-2017 12:37 PM
Hi.  My name is Stephanie Siegel-Mock.  I'm the Director of Public Policy and Outreach for PennAEYC (Pennsylvania Association for the Education of Young Children.  I've worked as a Teacher's Assistant in a Head Start classroom and as an Early Head Start Home Visitor.  Originally from NY.  Now live in Lebanon County PA and work in Harrisburg PA.  Have to think about favorite book...

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Stephanie Siegel-Mock
PennAEYC
Harrisburg PA
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16.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 05-04-2017 12:53 PM

Hi everyone--

I'm Michael Coventry, Director of Digital Content Strategy at NAEYC. I'm originally from Shelbyville, Illinois, but I've lived in DC for 27 years.  My favorite children's books have always been ANYTHING involving Curious George.  I especially enjoyed "Curious George Rides a Bike" because I was always excited to go on bike rides with my mom and sister.

As a side note:   Gilmar and I work together as a team with the interest forums and their facilitators, and we also are the folks who built and manage the Hello space.  You won't hear from me much, but I'm avidly reading and enjoying the conversations that are happening here, and am working with Gilmar to make this space the best online space for the early childhood community that it can be.  Feel free to reach out to me and Gilmar for help with anything related to Hello.  We have a shared email address for you to use: hello@naeyc.org.




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Michael Coventry
Director, Digital Content Strategy
NAEYC
Washington DC
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17.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 05-04-2017 07:49 PM
Hey, I am Pauline West, known to friends as Pat.I teach preschoolers in North Carolina. Children and reading are my passions in life. Eric Carle is my favorite author. I am eager to participate in this forum.

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[Pauline] [West]
[Lead Teacher, NCPreK]
[KinderCare Learning Center]
[Fayetteville ] [NC]
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18.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 05-19-2017 08:36 AM
Hello! My name is Holly Hendershot I am the director of the Zanesville Day Nursery in Zanesville, Ohio. I also have written and published an activity book 20 Fine Motor Activities for Home, currently available on Amazon and iTunes and Holly's Ideas website. My favorite child's book is The Red Ripe Strawberry and The Big Hungry Bear by Audrey Wood.

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Holly Hendershot
Zanesville Day Nursery
Zanesville OH
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19.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 05-05-2017 07:07 AM
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Hello!
I am a State of Connecticut approved Education Consultant (pre-school, school-age). My qualifications include over 25 years' experience in the classroom as well as numerous years volunteering with community related youth programs located in Fairfield County. 

 I specialize in curriculum design with special focus on Art and Artists, as well as Nature, Math and Science. I am also available to assist with organizing the State of Connecticut Childcare Licensing documentation.

I  provide staff in-service training, act as an interim Head Teacher (Sec, 19a794a(c)(1) of the Regulations), and facilitate parent workshops. In addition I offer several classroom programs involving honeybees/insects, organic gardening for your school and famous artists/works of art among other fun and exciting activities designed for toddlers, preschoolers, school-age children.



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Karin King
Trumbull CT
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20.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 05-05-2017 08:49 AM
Hello, my name is Holly Hendershot an I am the director at Zanesville Day Nursery in Zanesville, Ohio. I recently published an activity book, 20 Fine Motor Activities for Home available  on Amazon and Holly's Ideas. I have several children's book I enjoy reading to the children but two of my favorites are Brown Bear Brown Bear What do you see ( sometimes we make the sounds of the animals instead of the colors.) and The Red Ripe Strawberry and The Big Hungry Bear.

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Holly Hendershot
Zanesville Day Nursery
Zanesville OH
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21.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 05-05-2017 09:24 AM
Hi.  I am Andrea Moore.  I am the Young Athletes Director at Special Olympics New Jersey.  Before joining the organization I was a Special Education teacher and developed several preschool programs for music and science.  Now I oversee our educational and athletic programs for athletes with and without disabilities ages 2 through 10. My favorite children's book is Where The Wild Things Are. I remember reading it over and over again as a child and looking at the illustrations for forever.

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Andrea Moore
Special Olympics New Jersey
Lawrenceville NJ
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22.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 05-05-2017 10:41 AM
Hi, I'm Shanna Kukla.  I am from Massachusetts but I have lived in Tucson, Arizona for the past (gulp) 20 years.  When I was 8 my mom and my aunt and I spent a year traveling around the country in a Saab 98.  We drove from campsite to campsite all down the eastern seaboard, along the southern coast, then down to Kino in Mexico where we camped on the wide open beach just south of the fishing village, up to California then across the northwest.  It was 1973, we had no technology related items to pass the hours upon hours spent in the car and we lived pretty simply, no toys and not much "stuff.  I had a few books packed in my bag and I spent the year reading and re-reading them.  I remember practically memorizing a book called  Encyclopedia Brown Finds the Clue.  When we started out our trip I was in the lowest, remedial, reading group in my 3rd grade class.  Since that year, reading has been a strong skill that is an important part of my personal and professional life.  Go figure!

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Shanna Kukla
naeyc Affiliate Advisory Council
Tucson, Arizona
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23.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 05-05-2017 01:14 PM
Hello! My name is She-Chen Jenny Yen. I am a faculty member teaching ECE courses at California State University, Fullerton. I have been in the higher education for more than 20 years. I am currently serving as a member of the Affiliate Advisory Council for NAEYC. I am having a hard time deciding on my favorite children's book because there are so many! At this point, I would say "Don't let the pigeon drive the Bus!"



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Shu-Chen "Jenny" Yen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
California State University, Fullerton
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24.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 05-05-2017 02:17 PM
Hello! I am Phillip Baumgarner. I teach in the mixed age classroom at The Child Development Lab at the University of Georgia. I also serve on the Georgia AYC board.  As I write this, my favorite book is The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, it could be a different book by morning!

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Phillip Baumgarner
Hull GA
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25.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 05-08-2017 09:22 AM

 

HI all,

 

I am Evelyn Tsang, I work in afterschool programs and have a 3 yr old at home here in Montreal, Canada. My fav book series at the moment as the Father who had ten children books by Bénédicte Guettier. The stories are short and to the point, and each page of illustrations has details to giggle over!

 






26.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 05-05-2017 03:46 PM
Hello early childhood educators! My name is Jane St.Pierre and I currently teach pre-sevice teachers who are attending St. Joseph's Collehe in Patchogue, New York. In the past I spent 33 years teaching many different elementary school grades in Port Jefferson, New York.
It is impossible for me to choose a favorite picture books because I have two rooms filled with books I just had to have because they were so wonderful. However, I currently love two books by Kobi Yamada called What Do You Do With a Problem? and What Do You Do with an Idea? Additionally, I love Jane Yolen's book called What Do You Do With a Box? and Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg.
I am very interested in helping my pre-service teachers gain confidence in their ability to teach young children and NAEYC certainly has many good resources.
If you are a new teacher and know of a resource and/or idea that was especially helpful to you as you began your career, please let me know. Tweet me at sjcprof!

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Jane St.Pierre
Jane St.Pierre
Rocky Point NY
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27.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 05-05-2017 04:54 PM
Hello, Every childhood educator. My Name is Min Zhou. I was born and raised in Shanghai, China.
I am an Early Childhood Music teacher and TESOL trainer.But now I have a new job,a homemaker.
I am glad and come to USA.
I love Children's book.My favorite is<Leo the late bloomer>by Robert Kraus. That book totally changed my life. I found myself in this book. 


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Min Zhou
Madison WI
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28.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 05-05-2017 11:54 PM
Hello everyone! I'm so glad to be part of this community with all you!

My name is Alicia and I have been in the early childhood field for five years. I have worked with all age groups but I have a special fondness for toddlers. They are so curious and adventurous! It's truly my favorite age group to work with.

I write children's stories and enjoy reading books with children. I'm extremely passionate about early literary, especially for the youngest ages. I have made it one of my missions to instill a love for reading and books into every small child that I can.

Anyway, I'm so happy to be in the company of like-minded people! I look forward to contributing and learning from all you!

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Alicia Oldham

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29.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 05-06-2017 10:39 AM
I'm Lydia Bowers and my roles within early childhood have been all over the map! I was a program specialist and presenter for our local children's museum for 4 years, then both a toddler and preschool teacher for 13 years.  After that, my youngest child was born, and I've stayed home with him for the last 3 years, while I return to school. Currently, I am a sexual health educator, with a passion for and focus in helping parents and educators understand and appropriately support sexual development in young children. I serve as both an Affiliate Advisory Council member for NAEYC, and an Ambassador for the American Sexual Health Association.  I live in Cincinnati with my husband, 11-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son.

How on earth to pick a favorite book?  Every time I think I have decided on one, another comes to mind. In fact, I'm currently in the process of getting a tattoo that reflects some of my favorite classic children's books: Alice in Wonderland, Charlotte's Web, Wizard of Oz, Goodnight Moon, The Neverending Story, The Velveteen Rabbit, Anne of Green Gables, Winnie-the-Pooh. :)
But I also love anything by Mo Willems and Sandra Boynton.  And have you read "Interrupting Chicken" yet? You must! 


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Lydia M. Bowers
NAEYC Affiliate Advisory Council
Cincinnati, Ohio
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30.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 06-03-2017 11:06 AM
Hello everyone,

My name is Janese Daniels and I live in Maryland.

I am the Chair Elect (eff. July 1) for the Department of Early Childhood Education at Towson University. Currently, I am Associate Professor and Director of Early Childhood Graduate Programs at Towson University. I coordinate about 130 graduate students and faculty from our program at five locations across the state of Maryland. I

My favorite children's book is Brown Bear, Brown Bear because of the fond memories that I have of reading it with my own children, who are now 21, 17, and 16.

Warmly,

Janese Daniels

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Janese Daniels [Designation]
Towson University
[EmailAddress]
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31.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 05-06-2017 10:39 AM

Hello!

I'm Dominic Tejeda from the Hudson Valley, New York. The kids call me Mr. Dom.
I've been lucky enough to teach Pre-K in public schools in Beacon for 20 years now. (How did that happen?)
The profession has changed, but the job is the same. Children are the best and fascinating to work with.
I'm proud to be among you.

Leo Lionni is my number one author. Just about all his books are simple tales about life that children love.
Also love Rosemary Wells, Mo Willems, Dav Pilkey, Ruth Heller, Ezra Jack Keats of course, many more.

I would also like to take this opportunity to express how much I DISLIKE Eric Carle books. Blasphemy! I know.
Granted, the artwork is beautiful, but I find the "stories" boring and repetitive and rarely read them to my kids.
Am I the only one who feels this way?
Phew, it feels good to get that off my shoulders!  lol.

Looking forward to many interesting conversations here.
Thank you NAEYC for this forum.
Finally something interesting on the we







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Dom Tejeda
New Windsor NY
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32.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 05-07-2017 10:58 AM
I, too, have some issues with some of the Eric Carle books-some are factually incorrect. I do find interesting, however, the process he uses to illustrate his books.

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Catherine Roach
Milwaukee WI
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33.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 05-08-2017 08:07 AM
Hi! Wishing everyone well from southern Nevada, where I plan to open a child care center soon!

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Patricia Jack
Boulder City NV
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34.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 05-06-2017 04:54 PM
1. Hi- I'm Krista Murphy, I lead our QRIS, and I'm a NAEYC Governing Board member and member of CA AEYC and OCAEYC
2. I am a native of Orange County, California. I've traveled all over the world, but I still call OC my home :)
3. My favorite children's book, from my own childhood was all the Dr. Seuss and Richard Scary books, loved being able to read them by myself. My own children loved Where the Wild Things Are, literally loved the book to pieces!

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Krista Murphy [Designation]
Costa Mesa CA
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35.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 05-06-2017 05:32 PM
Hello everyone! My name is Kimyatta and I'm a Director of a faith-based childcare program in Alabama. I am also a current doctoral student with Walden University with specialization in Early Child Development. I am antsy about becoming involved a state level in the Early Care and Education field. Any advice or wisdom from others who have traveled along the path I'm currently pursuing?

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Kimyatta Harris
Hightown Academy
Tuscaloosa AL
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36.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 05-06-2017 05:57 PM
Oh, my favorite children's book Love You Forever!

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Kimyatta Harris
Hightown Academy
Tuscaloosa AL
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37.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 05-07-2017 06:28 PM

Hi Everyone,

I teacher pre-K in a public Title I program at an elementary school in central Indiana. I have just  finished my last class for my ECE licensing requirements. I have been at my school for 19 years this year and earned my MAE in December. I am looking forward to NOT having any research papers due for a long time. :)

My favorite children's books are anything by Jan Brett, Junie B. Jones series and the Madeline series.

I have been teaching pre-K for the last 2 years and would love to touch base with others who are in the same kind of job. I am the only one at my grade level and sometimes it would be interesting to me to find out what others are doing in their classrooms that they like the most. I only have 2 weeks left with my little guys and gals and we are busy getting ready for graduation. :)

Have a great day!

Shannon Rinehart



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Shannon Rinehart
Tipton IN
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38.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 05-07-2017 06:31 PM
Hi, I am Marie Kielty. I live in Chicago. I am a retired EC teacher with experience in all the grades from PK to third grade. In my last school, a PK to Grade 3 school, I finished as the math coordinator. Now I am a consultant, a trainer, and a tutor. My favorite story book is Five Creatures by Emily Jenkins. The characters are a father, a mother, a child, and two cats.  The story has wonderful possibilities for classifying which is one of the skills of algebra in Early Childhood. You need to color copy the cover so children can move the pieces and separate them into categories. Some of them are: "three humans and two cats" (father, mother, child, and two cats) and "four grown-ups and one child". This stumps both children and adults until you ask,"Who is the child?"  The answer is the little girl. So the grown-ups are the father, mother, and two cats. The cats are grown -up cats.  Besides being possibilities for classification, the book is also good for combinations of five. The first example I gave is 3 and 2. The second example is 4 and 1. Another example is "three who like milk, one who has it only in coffee, and one who is allergic". This page is excellent for enhancing children's observational skills. The answer is girl and two cats like milk, the mother has it in coffee, and the father is allergic. The combination is 3 and 1 and 1. Notice I have not used the words "plus" and "equals". The math terminology should not be used in the beginning until children understand the meaning using the ordinary everyday language of "and" and "makes" or "is the same as".


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Marie Kielty
Illinois AEYC Board
Chicago, IL
Early Math Consulant
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39.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 05-08-2017 08:47 AM
Thank you for information on terms to use. I did not know that. I work with 2 1/2-year olds, and while I do not do formal teaching of math, we do talk about how many children are in the group or at the table, for example, and then go over how many are girls and how many are boys and how they add up together.

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Catherine Roach
Milwaukee WI
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40.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 05-09-2017 01:45 PM
For Catherine Roach:
Most teachers do not think of the way to introduce math terminology because it is so much a part of their vocabulary,
When we introduce new words to young children in literacy, we do explanations. We do not typically do that for math.
The sequence for learning for young children is experience, asking questions to help children see relationships, and lastly the vocabulary.  Piaget's stage from age 7 to 12 is Concrete Operations. Literacy needs to be concrete. And so does math! I am very much interested in helping teachers of young children focus on math that makes sense.
So the experience of putting together (adding) is using the ordinary language of children for several days even a week before introducing the words "plus" and "equals".

Marie Kielty

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Marie Kielty
Illinois AEYC Board
Chicago, IL
Early Math Consulant
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41.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 05-07-2017 08:59 PM
Hello. I am Robert Gundling. I recently founded a Consulting Service to pay forward the education, experience and skills I have acquired after working in the field of Early Childhood Education for over 40 years. I am also the President of the District of Columbia Association for the Education of Young Children (DCAEYC). The foundation of work is as a Practitioner. I started my career as a kindergarten teacher in a public school system and went on to to work in a variety of positions at the local, state and national level. I am a lifelong learner and enjoying the changes happening in our field.

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Robert Gundling, Ed.D.
President
Sense of Wonder, LLC
Alexandria VA
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42.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 05-08-2017 08:07 AM
Hi everyone,
My name is Marilyn Shelton. I am a retired professor form California State University, Fresno.
It's so hard to pick a favorite book. Two on the top of my list are:
1. Click, Clack Moo Cows that Type - I love how this book introduces the concepts of working together, power in numbers.
2. Cleversticks, because it focuses on what children CAN DO.

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Marilyn Shelton [Designation]
FRESNO CA

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43.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 05-09-2017 07:31 AM
Hello NAEYC Community!

My name is Katie Blackburn and I am a coordinator of a preschool mentorship program called Jumpstart (a national nonprofit dedicated to closing the achievement gap/preparing preschool children in low-income areas to enter kindergarten with the abilities to succeed). Even though a national organization, I run the affiliate site in the University of Pittsburgh (our mentors are university students).

My favorite book would have to be Miss Rumphius!

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Kathleen Blackburn
Jumpstart Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh PA
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44.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 05-08-2017 09:46 AM
Congratulations Robert! Best wishes for great success with your new endeavor. Best, CLH

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Carl Hairston
City First Bank
Washington DC
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45.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 05-21-2017 01:38 PM
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Hi everyone,

I'm Susan Corl from Killbuck, Ohio.  I've been a teacher of young children, college age students and hearing impaired students. I've also been a children's and reference librarian. I recently took early retirement from the library to focus on creating an alternative school for early childhood.

My favorite book has always been The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. I love the illustrations and how they work with the text. His illustrations make a good example for art projects to duplicate the process.

I love to make art quilts, stories and illustrations.

I'm excited to be back with NAEYC and this community!!! : )

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Susan Corl
Killbuck OH
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46.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 05-22-2017 06:57 AM
Good Morning,

My name is Jimmy Dunn. I am a self-contained preschool 3/4 and kindergarten teacher of students with multiple disabilities, primarily Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). My school is a public early childhood school located in north east New Jersey, Bergen County. This is my third year teaching early childhood. Prior to this I was a middle school paraprofessional for two years, a middle school self-contained teacher of students with behavior disorder/emotionally disturbed (BD/ED) for three years, and an elementary self-contained teacher of students with BD/ED for two years.

My classroom utilizes Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and Early Childhood Education (ECE) Developmentally Appropriate Practices (DAP). In regards to ABA this includes discrete trials, floortime, Natural Environment Teaching (NET), independent schedules, and task analysis. My ECE practices are focused around the district curriculum Tools of the Mind, play based learning, small group activities, and read alouds. I try to balance  what is appropriate for my student population year to year and even month to month as new students age into the program.

My favorite ECE book is It's Okay To Be Different by Todd Parr. I utilize this book to read to the general education classes in my school at the beginning of the school year and Autism Awareness Month to educate them about my students while building a school community of acceptance and caring.

Have a great day,

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James Dunn
Early Childhood Education M. Ed.
Teacher of Students with Multiple Disabilities
Bergen County, New Jersey
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47.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 05-22-2017 10:52 AM
Hello, My name is Jean Beck and I'm the Director and Family Support Worker for the Mtn. Home Early Head Start program in Mtn. Home, Arkansas. I have been working with and for children for 30 years and have worked with all age groups during my career.

It is hard to pick a favorite book but I happen to love the book Love You Forever by Robert Munsch. It illustrates so wonderfully how a parent's love transcends through time and through different phases of a child's life. It also shows the impact the mother's actions with the child have on the child as an adult. As an added bonus, there is a song in the book and I love incorporating music in my life and those around me!

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Jean Beck
Clarkridge AR
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48.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 05-22-2017 01:13 PM
Hello!

I'm Ruth Spiro, a children's book author from suburban Chicago. I joined NAEYC because I write for the very youngest and want to learn as much as I can about what's developmentally appropriate, as well as issues that are important to early childhood educators. I have a new series of STEM-related board books published by Charlesbridge, but as I don't want to violate any self-promotion rules by posting them here, please feel free to search my name on Google or Amazon if you're curious! As for favorite children's books, I'd have to say anything by Kevin Henkes, especially Lily's Purple Plastic Purse - I think it's a perfect picture book.

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Ruth Spiro
Deerfield IL
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49.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 05-23-2017 07:48 AM
Kevin Henkes is a great author. I love Julius the Baby of the World!

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Catherine Roach
Milwaukee WI
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50.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 05-22-2017 01:50 PM
Hi -

I am a returning NAEYC member from NE Iowa.  As a Child Care Consultant, I highly value ethics, advocacy, and quality in early childhood. It is great to be back a part of this organization and to see the connections made via electronically. Thanks in advance to everyone in their work and through their comments. Have a super day!

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Teri Orr
Elkader IA
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51.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 05-27-2017 10:21 AM
Greetings from Africa!

My name is Aisia Casanova and I am the Early Learning Center Coordinator for Luanda International School in Luanda, Angola. To choose one favorite children's book is a difficult task however, if I have to name just one, I would say one of my favorite children's book is "I Want My Hat Back" by Jon Klassen for its ability to command the attention and curiosity of young children. I have never read that book and not received wonderful feedback from children!

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Aisia Casanova
Early Learning Centre Coordinator
Luanda International School
Luanda, Angola
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52.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 05-30-2017 05:02 PM
Hello all,
My name is Alicia Durbin.  I'm a little late to introduce myself, but I still want to contribute.  Its nice to meet all of you.

I live and work in Tucson, Arizona.  My favorite book is generally whichever one I am reading to a young child at that very moment, including my own child.  There are so many wonderful books, its hard to pick just one!

I do love "There's an Alligator Under My Bed" by Mercer Mayer for the humor.  I especially like the note the little boy leaves for his dad at the end of the story.

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Alicia Durbin
St. Mark''s Preschool & Kindergarten
Tucson AZ
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53.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 05-30-2017 10:41 PM
Hi all! I'm also a little late to the introduction game. End of the school year crazies!

My name is Jennifer. I'm originally from Oklahoma, have been living in San Francisco for the last five years, and I'm moving to Denver this summer. I teach at a Reggio inspired preschool, and I'm interested in transitioning into ECE advocacy and consultancy. There is rarely a children's book I don't like, but one that's always high on my favorites list is The Lorax. Any books that start a conversation about taking care of the earth and each other are my favorites!

Looking forward to learning alongside all of you wonderful educators!
Jennifer

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Jennifer Spires
San Francisco CA
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54.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 06-02-2017 04:39 PM
Hi all!
My name is Dawn Friedman and I'm a counselor working in a private practice in Central Ohio. I specialize in helping parents manage the ordinary and extraordinary challenges of raising kids with a special focus on young families.

My favorite book is actually a series. The Moomin books by Finnish author Tove Jansson are weird and wonderful and funny and dark (but not too dark). They started as a comic strip, which I've actually never read, and then became chapter books.

It's nice to meet you all!

:)
Dawn

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Dawn Friedman MSEd LPCC
Building Family Counseling
Columbus OH
http://www.BuildingFamilyCounseling.com
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55.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 06-05-2017 11:44 AM
Hello! I am Carlena  Sheeran. I am the Director of Early Childhood for Hardin County Schools. I love my job! I am passionate about helping families understand the importance of reading aloud to their children daily. I am interested in learning new ideas to help my program.

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Carlena Sheeran
Hardin County Schools
Elizabethtown KY
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56.  RE: Introduce Yourself

Posted 06-06-2017 12:01 AM
My name is Bianca Elsensohn and I live in Los Angeles, Ca where I am a mentor teacher in the San Fernando Valley.

My favorite children's book would be Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman. This is the first book I read to the children that sparked my interest in discussing Anti-Bias Curriculum with my students. Since then, I have spoken at CAEYC and had a poster session on the topic of Anti-Bias Curriculum. This book was the beginning of having an open communication of why stereotypes were wrong and what we as advocates can do about it.

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Bianca Elsensohn

Los Angeles CA
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