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Deedra W.

Education

BS,
Public Relations

MA,
Arts Administration

Childcare Experience

Before-School Babysitter
New York, NY, 05/16 - 06/16
Two girls, two boys, ages 17 months, 3, 6, & 9

Professional Experience

Early Childhood Assistant Teacher
New York, NY, 07/11 - 06/16

After-School Assistant Teacher
New York, NY, 09/10 - 06/13

3-Day Playgroup Nursery Lead Teacher
Brooklyn, NY, 07/09 - 06/10

2's Playgroup Lead Teacher
Brooklyn, New York, 07/08 - 06/09

Parent-Child Playgroup Lead Teacher
Brooklyn, New York, 07/08 - 06/09

About me

I grew up in Wichita, Kansas and spent my summers playing in the red dirt of Oklahoma City. A true mid-Westerner at heart, I spend my childhood years playing in nature. As the youngest sibling, play was my profession and I found that it has helped me to become a risk-taker. Towards the end of high school, I needed to work on my writing skills, so I went to the school of Journalism in Tallahassee, Florida and minored in fine arts. My love of play transitioned into my love for the arts. When I first came to New York, I won a prestigious internship with AT&T Foundation in Arts & Culture and upon my director's recommendation, eventually studied Arts Administration. In grad school, I discovered Waldorf Education which included all of my interests, nature, play, and the arts an shortly after graduating, I become a teacher.

I have over 12 years of classroom experience including, parent-child, afterschool, aftercare, nursery, and kindergarten. In addition, I initiated several early childhood playgroups in Brooklyn before working at the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan. Beyond the classroom, I have taught for eight years in an outdoor summer program in Central Park with mixed-aged children. From ages three to ten, children engage in free-play by climbing rocks, building with giant branches, and picking June and black raspberries whether it rains or shines.

I have a Bachelors of Science in Public Relations (Florida A&M University) and an MA in Arts Administration (Teacher’s College, Columbia University). I began my doctoral studies in Integral and Transpersonal Psychology (California Institute of Integral Studies). My primary focus is in Mindfulness and Neuroscience (expected graduation 2023). I have two certifications in Waldorf Early Childhood Education, including Birth to Three. Currently, I'm completing my ICF/Life Coaching Certificate, specializing in Executive Functioning/ADHD.

I enjoy a daily mindful practice, using over 400-hours approved through Yoga Alliance, including Kids Yoga and has taught all ages for 15 years. (I volunteered weekly at a Head Start early childhood program teaching the children Circle Time combined with yoga.) I am certified in CPR and medicinal aromatherapy.


I have professional child care experience with...

  • Toddlers
  • Preschoolers
  • School-aged (K-5)
  • Preteen
  • Teenagers

I will be SmartSitting while...

Preparing healthy clean food, walking in nature, or creating something beautiful with my hands.

In 5 years, I hope to be...

A PhD graduate helping children through movement, play, and healing to be successful.

Activities & skills I love to teach & share with children...

Gardening, baking, hiking, reading, crafting, painting, and executive functioning skills.


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