Irina is a native Spanish speaker from Cuba. She enjoys observing children thinking and facilitating their explorations of the world around them. She has a Bachelors in Spanish Linguistics and Education. She is also currently enrolled in a Masters program in Human Development and Early Childhood Education. She has been working in the field of Early Childhood for nearly 10 years. Irina sees herself as a facilitator and co-learner with children, and is focused on holding space for their voices to be heard. She looks forward to the creative dialogue, open ended explorations and investigations that happen though children’s play, where she is happy to support them carry out their ideas.
Christina Dietmann is a passionate joyful teacher who loves to share moments of wonder and awe with her young students. Her view of her young students are not as kids, or children, but as the newest humans, whole and perfect just as they are, ready to experience the world. She sees each day as a new adventure, and celebrates each individual child as a whole, working as collaborators in the great adventure of their development. She is unconditional in her love and compassion, and believes that it is with that unwavering support that her students can bravely go into the world and be their very best selves.
Christina received her B.A. in Psychology from Adelphi University, and her M.A. in Early Childhood Education from St. John’s University. She draws inspirations from a diversity of educational practices- Reggio inspired education, the Project Approach, Howard Gardner’s theory of Multiple Intelligences, Emergent Literacy, and especially the Outdoor Classroom.
On her free time, Christina loves to practice yoga, meditation, ukelele, flute, guitar, and loves to cook with whole foods, making most meals from scratch. She loves to be outdoors- hiking, biking, roller blading- and loves to spend time with her plants, and her pet Kuzco the hognose snake.
“Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.” –Nelson Mandela
“Education is not the filling of a pail, but a lighting of a fire.” – William Butler Yeats
Alanna has been exploring and creating with young children and families since 1999. Her experiences as a classroom teacher, home-based special educator, adult educator, and program director have led her to a deep appreciation of the joy of discovery through child-led work, and of the power of supportive, inclusive communities for both children and adults. These principles guide her work. She holds a Master's Degree in Early Childhood General and Special Education, as well as a Master's Degree in Leadership for Educational Change, both from Bank Street College of Education.
Aloha Wheelhouse Families! My name is Caitlyn Osterhoudt and I am very excited to work and play with you all this year. This past year I taught three and four year old children in a Head Start program in Hudson. In the past I taught pre-k/kindergarten for three years and fourth grade for a year in a Montessori school in the Kingston City School District. I have a Bachelor's degree in Childhood Education from SUNY New Paltz and have done some graduate work in literacy. I believe in a child centered approach to education that is individualized, self directed, hands-on, and compassionate. Some activities that I love include being outside, gardening, hiking, camping, traveling, cooking, and crafting. The latest crafts I have taken up are making mala beads and leather jewelry. I am looking forward to learning and growing with each of you!
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Casson Kennedy, Board President
Leslie Reed, Treasurer
Laura Anderson, Secretary