Ms. JoAnne

Infant and Young Toddler Program Assistant Teacher 

Born, raised, and living in Highland, Michigan, it has been a privilege to also work in Highland at Building Blocks Preschool. In the fall of 2011, I started working in the afternoon in the Preschooler Program. I was asked in 2012 to work the summer with the Infants and Toddlers and I have been with them ever since as an Assistant Teacher.

It has been an interesting journey at Building Blocks. The more I learn about the Reggio Emilia philosophy the more I realize how much I grew up with it in my childhood. I am thankful for this time at Building Blocks to have the chance to build relationships with the children and their families. Having the opportunity to learn from others and specifically Ms. Wendy has furthered my knowledge and experience.

When Ms. Wendy introduced me to the Magda Gerber/RIE philosophy, pertaining to “Caring for Infants with Respect” I realized that here again my mother had equipped me for taking care of children. Whether babysitting, classroom setting, etcetera. No matter how young or old, respect them by communicating with them. Babies are people too and should be treated as such; with kindness and respect.

Ms. JoAnne Infant and Young Toddler Program Assistant Teacher