Jennifer Pineda is a graduate student from DePaul University. She loves working with young children and is very passionate about bilingual instruction, children development, learning environment, and STEAM integration in the classroom. Jennifer holds a professional teaching license in Early Childhood Education and an special education approval to work with young children. During the past, Jennifer worked as bilingual teacher assistant and RTI teacher for CPS and Edison Learning. She provided individual and small group tutoring to struggling students in reading and math. Using research-based strategies and working collaboratively with teachers, she assessed students’ reading and math strengths, identified learning needs, differentiated and adapted learning methods and materials for each child. During the past two years, Jennifer as been working as a preschool teacher in a non-profit organization and is pursuing her bilingual endorsement.
Teaching early childhood education involves both teacher and students working together and learning from each other in all sorts of ways. When I think about a young child, I see an active player and explorer in the game of learning. I see someone who is capable to observe, reflect, and apply knowledge, have responsibilities and take decisions inside and outside the classroom. I see someone with a strong potential and a valuable purpose in life. But, young children need meaningful experiences and a dedicated, nurturing and empathetic teacher who help them discover that potential and develop confidence in themselves. One way, I support students’ development is through play. I strongly believe that play based learning is an important part of children’s learning and development because it provides the experiences to friendship, love, social connection, resilience, adaptability, creativity, problem solving and many other areas of development. Play is a fundamental component of learning. It is what generates opportunities and experiences that will help young children to discover the world, their possible identities and even their possible life’s purposes. Play based learning experiences also allow children grow and mature by making mistakes and become more adaptable so they can respond better to challenges they will face in the future. In the long term, they will have the confidence, knowledge and skills (based on their early experiences) to make better decisions and align with their purpose in life.
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Bachelor in Business Administration with a Minor in Management. M.Ed in Early Childhood Education
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