Ms. Devon - Blossoms' Teacher
Devon graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with her Masters of Education in Instructional Leadership, Early Childhood Education. She also received her Illinois teaching certificate and an endorsement in Early Childhood Special Education. While completing her coursework at UIC, she was fortunate to explore the field of early childhood education hands-on as a graduate assistant in a preschool classroom. Recently, Devon has been working as an early-childhood assessor, administering developmental assessments and creating individual summary reports for parents and teachers.
Devon found Green Beginnings’ philosophy of healthful living reflective of her own practices. She firmly believes that exploring the outdoors, exercising, and making healthy food choices is the key to maintaining energy and a clear mind. She enjoys hiking, canoeing, traveling, yoga, and is quite proud of her balcony garden which produced many tomatoes, peppers, and herbs this summer! Of course, balance is key, and exploring the many restaurants of Chicago with her incredibly supportive family and friends is a favorite activity of hers. Her own neighborhood, Logan Square, provides many diverse food options and challenges her to experiment with new ingredients in the kitchen!
Devon truly believes that meaningful, hands-on exploration within an engaging environment is the key to promoting critical thinking, problem solving, and positive social interaction. Serving as a model, facilitator, and collaborator, Devon believes each child’s unique strengths, interests, and needs can be individually assessed, reflected upon, and responded to. She is looking forward to collaborating with the Blossoms' families and building relationships that support each child’s physical, cognitive, social-emotional, and language development. She is confident that Green Beginnings’ unique incorporation of healthy living into the early childhood curriculum is going to make this program a leader in the field! Devon is thrilled to continue her experience in the early childhood field at Green Beginnings!