Finding His Way To EBNS:

Teacher ● Father ● Traveler ● Nurturer ● Farmer ● Learner

Educational Experiences:

Early Childhood Education at SUNY Geneseo ● Kindergarten Teacher at Cobblestone School ● Art Teacher in the Rochester City School District


Educational Philosophy:

  • Child-Centered, experiential education
  • engage kids and prepare them for future learning.
  • Play! Wonder! Nurture! Fairytales, songs and games are used to open minds and hearts.
  • Learning and life are seasonal and rhythmic. Varying play by the season and by the day is purposeful and allows children to learn actively.

Hopes Within the Classroom:

  • Every child should feel important and understand that their feelings matter.
  • Children will come together respecting and caring for one another so they will grow to function as healthy adults with an appreciation for community.
  • When friends are sad, hurt or feeling left out, they talk about how it is important that everyone feel included and safe, with their bodies as well as their hearts.
  • Children will be encouraged to notice each other and to let each other know when something is not right or if someone is hurting.
  • Embracing the joy of teaching, learning and community!

“What could be more magical than watching children grow?” – Teacher Tom


Finding Her Way To EBNS:

Sister  ● Babysitter ● Writer ● Activist ● School Mediator

Educational Experiences:

Unschooler since birth ● Teacher Assistant at Elizabeth Clark Dance ● Conflict mediator for K-8th grade students at RCSD #19 School ● Trained in Nonviolent Communication (M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence) and Kingian Nonviolence (Rev. Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr.)

Educational Philosophy

  • Learning happens everywhere
  • Play is never time wasted
  • Children’s voices are valuable and deserve to be heard

“If we are to reach real peace in the world, we shall have to begin with the children.” -Mahatma Gandhi


EBNS is located in Community of the Savior Church near the intersection of East Henrietta Road and Mt. Hope Avenue, close to the University of Rochester.

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We have three indoor classrooms, the use of a large indoor play area and a fenced outdoor playground. Active play is an important part of every day. Whenever possible, the children have outside playtime.

The outdoor play area is adjacent to the school building, and is equipped with:

  • swing set
  • slide
  • large sandbox and various sand toys
  • jungle gym
  • playhouse
  • a vegetable garden

When the weather is inclement, the children play indoors. They may use the climbing equipment or indoor sandbox, play with balls and toys, explore the castle, or participate in organized games. In addition, there is a dress up area and dramatic play room.