Diana has joined our team as the Toddler/Preschool Director. Diana earned her BA in Musical Theatre from Muhlenberg College and is a true lover and practitioner of the arts. She spent a semester in London studying and practicing her craft at the University of London. She earned her standard teaching certificate (K-5) through William Patterson University and has worked in a number of classroom settings from early education through High School. After the births of her 3 wonderful daughters, she decided to stay home for their early years. During this time, she began substituting at local elementary schools where she realized the need for more progressive, community-centered educational settings.
After relocating with her family to Monmouth County, she joined the Westminster Nature Preschool team where she was able to hone in on what an “ideal” preschool classroom looks like. Her work at Westminster, where she helped to bridge a deep connection to nature for young children, inspires her to integrate nature into the Voyagers’ Preschool. Diana has a passion for the Reggio Emilia approach and continues to research how best to incorporate the philosophy and its tenets into the classroom. She truly believes that the learning process is most robust when children serve as collaborators and communicators, and teachers as their partners, nurturers, and guides. Tangent to this belief is her commitment to incorporating the “third teacher”, or classroom environment and aesthetics, into everyday learning.
Diana’s mission is to work collaboratively with all school and community partners to support and nurture classrooms that are creative, involved, and connected to the passions and activities in the students’ lives.
The goal of education is not to increase the amount of knowledge but to create the possibilities for a child to invent and discover….