Shannon will be coming out of the classroom at 1pm each day to work on her part-time administrative Director duties. She will remain on-campus and available to teachers and families.
Families have already welcomed Mireya Espejo to the Bumblebee Classroom on December 6th. Mireya works from 8:30 to 4:30pm providing classroom support throughout the day, nap/rest time and after-care.
Mireya comes to us with over 16 years of teaching experience as a Head Pre-school and TK teacher. She is passionate about teaching and has been enjoying getting to know the Bumblebee children and families. She is enrolling in Montessori training classes early next year.
We are also pleased to welcome Roxanna Kopp Smith as a part-time Yoga instructor and Substitute Teacher beginning in January. As a mother of two teenagers, a life-long practitioner of yoga, and a former Growing Light teacher, Roxanna brings her experience, enthusiasm and open heart to her yoga classes for children. She has an M.A. in Psychology and certified to teach Hatha, Yin and Kundalini Yoga. She has just returned to the Bay Area after spending the Fall semester traveling on the West Coast, living on the road and homeschooling her 15-year-old son. You can read more about Roxanna at https://roxannakoppsmith.com.
Roxanna will be offering the Bumblebee students a 10-week class that meets once a week on Tuesday mornings for 30 minutes at a cost of $50/child. Each class will include asana (physical poses), meditation, mantra, and pranayama (breath work). Each class will be specifically tailored to young children. Here are just a few of the benefits that children practicing yoga receive: body awareness, reduced anxiousness, mental focus and learning the practice of presence, all of which are important life skills at any age. Registration forms will be forthcoming in the new year.