Trisha Ward 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, she went to 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 has been studying and learning about it ever since. Trisha continued her education at Georgia Perimeter College with an associate degree and later got a bachelor’s degree in Human Growth with a specialization in infants and toddlers from Pacific Oaks College.
In 2001 and 2002 Trisha had the opportunity to study abroad in Tuscany, Italy, taking art, history and literature classes. In 2006, 2010 and 2013, she studied at the Orsoni Mosaic Studio, continuing to explore and examine her desire and love for the Italian culture. She has participated in five study tours in Reggio Emilia, including the infant/toddler study tour in October 2010 and Project Infinity-affiliated study tour in May 2016.
Prior to joining The Nest, Trisha was an educator for three infants. This experience opened up a whole new world of questions and discoveries and realizations about herself and the youngest children in our society.
Trisha is proud to be a part of The Nest and enjoys being a part of the school’s community of learners.