The Educator Statement of Commitment for the 2012-2013 School Year is a document created by The Nest educators during our pre-planning week in July 2012. The foundation of the Statement of Commitment is The Nest’s stated beliefs and values. The intention of the document is to specify the role and expectations of educators at The […]Read more about Educator Statement of Commitment
In 2000, Teresa became involved in a neighborhood preschool as a parent of a one-year-old and, over the course of the next 10 years, developed a passion for early childhood education. In 2007, she became an employee of the school and held the position of Director of Operations. The dedication to further quality programs for the youngest children, specifically infants, was borne from these experiences. Teresa is dedicated to life-long learning and has participated in two study tours of the infant/toddler centers of Reggio Emilia, Italy to further her understanding of the role of nurturing care and education in children ages birth to three years.
Kristi has nearly 20 years of experience in many different areas of education, including experience in the classroom with ages ranging from infants to adults. She has studied the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood extensively and has participated in several study tours to Reggio Emilia, Italy. Previously, she was the Pedagogical Coordinator for Inspired Practices, a non-profit organization founded to support ongoing dialogue and thinking among local educators about the experiences of Reggio Emilia.
Co-Founder/Toddler Educator/Pedagogical Coordinator
Mandy has over 15 years of experience as an educator and teacher of children ages 3 months through 5 years. Prior to co-founding The Nest she spent 10 years teaching at the Grant Park Cooperative Preschool where she furthered my study and practice of the Reggio Emilia approach to early children education. She participated in developing curriculum for the school in my role as part of the pedagogical team.
Nest Chef & Food Experiences Coordinator
Trisha and her husband, Bert have a grown son, Will, and have lived in Chamblee for over 30 years. When Will was young, she started working in his preschool and realized she liked working with young children. After working in several preschools for many years, Trisha attended Dekalb Tech’s early childhood education program in 1996 and this is where she was first introduced to the Reggio Emilia Approach. She immediately embraced the approach and have been studying and learning about it ever since.
Keli is very excited to be in her second year as a teacher at The Nest! She has been working with infant and toddlers since 2008. Before becoming a early childhood educator she worked as a full-time opera singer. She holds a degree in music from Spelman College.
Shana has a passion for teaching and have several years of informal teaching experience, giving private lessons in voice and beginner’s piano. She has also designed lesson plans and taught music theory to students of all ages. This informal experience comes from her work with non-profit organizations, afterschool programs and working with artists and musicians in Atlanta. She takes particular interest in education initiatives that empower children-giving them the confidence to try new things and conquer new challenges.