In each Reggio preschool—there are two specialized teachers in action. One is the pedagogista, an educational adviser who works with the community and with the schools, spending the majority of the time at schools with the teachers and children, and working also with parents. It is the pedagogista’s role to help teachers improve their skills of observing and listening to the children, documenting projects, and promoting and conducting research. Also, the pedagogista supports teachers and works with them to identify themes and experiences for professional development and in-service training. With the pedagogista as the liaison between the school and the community, there is a system of open communication lines that helps the whole community work in harmony.
Ashley Acers- Lead Pedagogista
I was born and raised in Oklahoma…Go Sooners! Even though I was studying Physical Therapy at the University of Oklahoma, my after-school job was in child care. I couldn’t shake my love for working with young children and changed my major (Dad was THRILLED) As I grew up, I grew within the field: teaching, directing, curriculum development, building centers and finally..creating my own school. Working in Early Childhood Education has blessed me with three unique and vibrant daughters adopted from foster care. I attended the University of Oklahoma and the University of Central Oklahoma earning degrees in Children and Family Studies and Child Development. In July 2015, I earned my credential as a Master Trainer through Portland State University. A major highlight of my career took place when I was able to study at the Loris Malaguzzi International Center in Reggio Emilia, Italy. It was a life transforming experience! My goal and vision for Kaleidoscope is to create and continue a natural place of mutual respect, admiration, and unimaginable curiosity for teachers and children alike.
The Primary Pedagogista
While working on projects with the child, the Primary Pedagogista can also expand the child’s learning by collecting data that can be reviewed at a later time. The Primary needs to maintain an active, mutual participation in the activity to help ensure that the child clearly understands what is being “taught”. Primary Pedagogistas partner with colleagues, students, and parents in the learning process. They discuss their observations with them, as part of an ongoing dialogue and continuing evolution of their ideas and practices. This allows them to be flexible in their plans, preparations, and teaching approaches.
Molly Brown- Primary Pedagogista
Hello! I am a single mother of two fabulous children, a son and a daughter. I am originally from Northern California (bay area) and moved up to Oregon nine years ago to attend Oregon State University. I fell in love with Oregon and managed to convince my whole family to move up . The best part being, I get to raise my children in such beauty. I hold my ECE , Early Childhood Education, certificate and earned my degree in Early Childhood Education at LBCC & OSU. I have lots of favorite things: cheese!, my children and family, my job, Halloween, Netflix binging, flip flops, road trips, spelling bees! and…cheese!