Pedagogista

(What is a pedagogista?)

Similar to the Reggio “pedagogista”, TLS is creating the role of mentor teacher. With our ongoing efforts to live the little in The Little School, we discovered that we could thrive just that much more with this role. Like the name suggests, they are there to work with the teachers, help them brain storm ideas, trouble shoot sticky patches, and be another set of eyes, ears and big brains in your building. We are hoping they will be a quick access point for teachers and parents alike. We are thrilled to see this dream in action.

Allison (Alli)

Alli grew up on Long Island, but her family’s yearly trips to Carolina Beach constantly made North Carolina feel more like home.  She always knew she liked working with children, but she discovered her true passion for early childhood education while earning her Bachelor’s degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill in both Education (Child Development and Family Studies) and Psychology.  Alli has been a teacher at The Little School at Duke since she graduated from UNC in May 2014.  Now in addition to teaching, she is also currently working on her Master’s degree in Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychology.  In any spare time that she has left, Alli loves to sing (timidly) and play guitar, ukulele, and the drums!

 
Heather Rose

Heather originally hails from California, but after living in North Carolina for over 17 years, she pretty much considers herself a native. Heather worked primarily with infants and toddlers during her 10 years as a teacher.  She values those years and the experience not only as a professional but as a mother.  Heather joined The Little School of Hillsborough in 2012 and the experience has continuously challenged and inspired her growth both professionally and as an ever-evolving human. In her role as a mentor teacher, she had the opportunity to build relationships with every classroom, teacher, and family at the school.  As the former director of The Little School of Duke, she found innovative ways to strengthen the school community, promote children’s presence in the greater community, advocate for the rights of all children to be treated with respect as capable and competent individuals, facilitate access to rigorous outdoor play, and expand the concept of nourishment to encompass the whole child.  In her spare time, she spends time with her son, Cas, exploring the town of Hillsborough, and daydreams of someday building and living on a tiny home commune with pigs, pygmy goats, chickens, guinea hen and a horse, while spending her days gardening and pickling all of the things!