Philosophy, Family & Ethics

Educational Philosophy

Andrea’s Education Philosophy is based on the recognition that children are natural learners and learn best when actively engaged. When classrooms are child-centered and socially aware with a reflection on the whole child- students thrive. When children are involved in composing their own learning process and encouraged to use all of their senses; to discover, see, feel, discern and understand the world- they absorb information in an authentic, natural way and they learn.

Andrea believes the social/emotional environment for a student is essential and accompanies a quality curriculum. In early education, the social/emotional environment is the foundation and baseline for higher learning. Adults have a responsibility to scaffold students and offer support; to encourage and challenge learners in achieving desired outcomes- emotionally, socially and academically through games, free-choice and long-term projects of study that construct and build upon previous knowledge.

Through active experiences that promote engagement and connection and in an effort to promote ingenuity, value, advance investigation, nurture conversation, develop and reinforce thought and discernment as well as to develop strong critical thinking, reasoning, academic skills and to promote meaningful learning; the focus on the classroom remains on the students and not the teachers.

It is Andrea’s philosophy to support families, parents, and colleagues to develop a greater and deeper understanding and to grow in their personal and developmental philosophies.

“Never underestimate that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

- Margaret Mead

Family Life

Andrea was born in Michigan to Los Angeles native, Baby-Boomer parents. She was raised in both California and Iowa and has spent most of her post-college adult years in Los Angeles. She currently lives in San Diego with her immediate family. Her passion for culture, education, people, and faith is a true reflection of her roots.

Every experience from Assistant Teacher to working intimately with parents/students as Executive/Preschool Director as well as an Education Consultant has prepared Andrea for her greatest position and calling in life as wife and mommy.

Andrea married her college sweetheart Jason. They have three boys. Dylan (age ten elementary), Larson (age five preschool) and Evan (three, also preschool). Andrea’s family and being a mommy has given her the great perspective and identity for the active, passionate lifestyles of Southern California families and the powerful work of being a parent. To share a resounding love for our families, to have a harmonic community with others and experience the value of truth in this journey of raising children.

“Its never to late to set a new goal or dream a new dream.” – CS Lewis

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Principles of Good Practice

Andrea is committed to following  principles of good practice through the “Code of Ethical Conduct and Statement of Commitment” recommended by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) where she is a professional member for over 15 years.