Hi! My name is Willy (He/Him/His)! I am an early childhood educator who is passionate about advocating for and on behalf of young children and their families.
I have a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education, Trauma Studies. I am also a National Geographic Certified Educator .
A lot of my thinking is based off the constructivist philosophies of Vygotsky and Piaget and the idea that a child’s natural curiosity is the best education tool. Children are innately capable of making meaning of their world around them through their interactions with the environment and the people contained in it. It is when adults interfere, that that curiosity and creativity is lost.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has determined by the age of 4 children have a concrete understanding of their gender and what that gender means they can or cannot do in the world. In terms of race, by the ages of 3 and 4 children have begun to absorb many of the societal biases associated with their own race. I believe that by setting a foundation and using a curriculum that embraces race, gender, and social justice we can help children develop an understanding of the world around them and the endless possibilities.
It is important to my philosophy that my curriculum reflects the families and children that I serve. I desire that all families and children see themselves in my classroom when they are a part of my center. This means that children are not limited from interacting in any particular activities on the basis of gender or race at any point while enrolled in my program. I also make sure that children see their families in the stories we read, therefore we use children’s books that feature individuals of various races, ethnicities, genders, and sexual orientations.
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