Mentor Teacher, Preschoolers
With more than 25 years of experience teaching and caring for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers in early childhood education, Viola has developed a deep appreciation for play-based and child-led curriculums. She is experienced in teaching within the Montessori method as well as the Reggio Emilia approach.
Viola holds a degree in Movement Education with an emphasis on Health and Occupational Therapy. She is an EmbodYoga® Teacher. She teaches from the Mindful School curriculum, and is a certified Workplace Mindfulness Facilitator. She studied Infant Developmental Movement Education and became certified through the School of Body-Mind Centering. Viola also has a background in dance performance and visual arts!
Viola enjoys being a Mentor Teacher at Wildflower Cottage; it allows her to draw from her practical experience as a classroom teacher, her knowledge and understanding of different curricula, and her experience in facilitating mindfulness within the workplace. She feels fortunate to be part of a growing team that values diversity, creativity, and companionship.
“Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable, but it is a way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting tomatoes, apples, and pears.
Show them how to cry when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself.”