Educational Director and Teacher I have worked for East Village Tots for 10 years and have over 25 years experience teaching children. I have a Master Degree in Education and I am a New York City Certified teacher. I am a lifelong learner and I have continued my professional development becoming versed in many teaching approaches including Bank Street, Montessori, and Reggio Emilia. Teaching children is a rewarding and enriching experience for which I am extremely grateful. I am here to support the children as they explore and navigate through this delicate developmental stage.
Lead Teacher My name is Yesenia, but my friends and family call me Jessie. I was born and raised in the East Village. I have a Master degree in Early Childhood Special Education and a Bachelor in Early Childhood Education. I am a New York State certified early childhood teacher in both general and special education. I have over 20 years of experience working with children between the ages of two through five years old. Throughout my professional experiences I have fostered classroom community by modeling cooperation and collaboration, formed trusting ongoing relationships with students and parents, and encouraged and educated children to help them develop socially, intellectually, physically, and emotionally. My philosophy of education is based on the value of play, the importance of social and emotional development and the process of investigation. I believe in providing an environment that promotes children’s individual and social development through exploration, focused play and cooperation.