(4s Teacher) is continually amazed and inspired by the the collaborative process between children and teachers.
has taught for the past five years at Beginnings
, a Reggio inspired pre-school in New York City, where she
developed a passion for an emergent, thoughtful approach to teaching.
On the heels of a visit to Reggio Emilia, Italy where she was immersed in their approach to early childhood education, she is thrilled to be able to continue her practice at Blue School.
is dedicated to life-long learning and has attended many conferences and workshops on topics ranging from occupational therapy to the design of educational documentation.
Through her work at Beginnings, she had a mentoring relationship with the University of Vermont's Campus Children's Center over the course of several years, and in 2008 attended the University of British Columbia's Summer Institute for Early Childhood Education and Research.
She is currently a student at the City College of New York, with plans to pursue a dual Master's Degree in Special Education and Social Work.
lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn and in her
spare time cares for her
two senior dogs, writes, reads, plays guitar and rides her
Yeshnaya Dougherty (4s Teacher)is excited to be returning to Blue School
second year as a Fours teacher.
Originally from Melbourne, Australia, she has found great joy in becoming a member of the Blue School Community.
She received her first B.A. from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Environmental Social Science and her second B.A. in Environmental Education from Lesley University.
As a graduate student at Shady Hill School's Teacher Training Course in Cambridge MA, she worked alongside mentor teachers in both progressive and public schools as a kindergarten, first and second grade teacher.
Yeshnaya holds a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from Lesley University
and is passionate about working with young children.
In particular, she
enjoys exploring and learning from children's day-to-day curiosities and interests.