little Lola & tots was built on the idea that toddlers can master fundamental life skills through creative exploration in a safe, engaging and nurturing environment. Our play space is a learning environment where cultural dynamics are embraced through language and physical interaction. It's the curiosity and imagination of our little ones that are the true essence of our programming and design.
After graduating from Manhattan College with a B.A. in International Studies, I left the U.S. to teach English to 7th, 8th and 9th graders in a small rural town in Honduras. When I returned, I served as an Americorps Vista for a year followed by the completion of my MPA in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy with a specialization in Finance from NYU Wagner. My time in Grad school, as well as my fellowship with Education Pioneers, further fueled my passion for education. From 2013-2016, I worked as a Student Services Manager and Resident Director of Operations for Achievement First Endeavor Elementary, in Brooklyn. While at AF Endeavor, I began to take notice of Kindergarteners and their lack of preparation and social development upon entering school. I quickly realized that I wanted to work towards increasing awareness about the importance and long-term positive results of early childhood education.
After graduating from the State University of New York at Albany with a B.A. in Psychology, I was captivated by the education realm and worked as a pre-K teacher in both Albany and Yonkers, NY. Having dabbled into areas of Public Relations, Management and Event Planning, I took a position within the Career Management Center at Columbia Business School. During the 8 years at CBS, a clear message resonated, preparation is key and crucial for success at any age. Upon having my daughter, I quickly became engrossed by early childhood development and its importance. Leaving Columbia was a decision that was made with this in mind... being an active caretaker and an invested teacher. I believe children are unique and imaginative individuals with an immense capacity for growth in the early stages of their lives and I am passionate about allowing them to reach their developmental milestones at their given pace.
I am one of six children and looking after my siblings from an early age allowed me to acquire much experience in child care. I have also gained much experience by working with numerous families and caring for over 50 children of different backgrounds over the last four years while actively pursuing my baccalaureate degree in Mathematics and Psychology at the City College of New York. Working as a math tutor for kids between the ages of 5 and 13 years old, sparked my interest in childhood education. I have come to understand that children learn in a variety of ways and that learning in early childhood education is key to growth and development. It is this wealth of experience that I bring to the environment at little Lola & tots.