Hi there! I’m Vanessa. Thanks for stopping by to get to know me a little bit better. I’m the childcare lead here at Pillar Kids. For the past 3 years, I’ve had the greatest pleasure working as an Early Childhood Educator. My interest in teaching sparked when I was in the first grade. I remember looking around my first grade classroom as a 6 year old student thinking, “I want to do this some day”. It amazes me that at such a young age, I knew what I wanted to do in life. Throughout my school years, my interest in teaching stayed consistent. There was no doubt in my mind that I wanted to do anything else. As a young adult with much life to experience ahead, I find myself noticing that teaching is a passion that will forever remain (and I am very happy about that).
Early Childhood Education Experience
I have three years of working with preschool aged children as a Lead Teacher. I first graduated from Los Medanos College with an AA in Liberal Arts while
working as a preschool teacher. From there, I transferred to California State University East Bay and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies: Early Childhood Development. As an individual who studies and works with children, I quickly developed a sensitivity and responsiveness to help young children succeed. My teaching experience in early childhood education blessed me with the opportunity to work closely with children that had different backgrounds and different needs.
I’m a very “present in the moment” and “on the floor” type of teacher. Basically, I’m always engaged with the pl
ay that’s initiated by children. My teaching style allows young children to explore their interests and create from their own. I believe that when a child’s interest in a particular subject is followed, then intentional learning opportunities are created. To support this idea, I incorporate both the emergent curriculum and project approach when working with children. One of my favorite areas of development to support and teach is social and emotional development. I find that teaching young children to recognize and validate their feelings makes a positive impact on their growth.
- When I’m not in the classroom, you can find me journaling, doing yoga, taking pictures, or playing soccer!
- I have a 200 pound English Mastiff named Kilo
- My favorite place to travel to is Boston, MA