My name is Jodi and I was born and raised in Connecticut. Coming from a large family and being part of my mother’s home day-care sparked my interest in children at an early age. I went on to attend Clark University in Massachusetts, where I participated in internships in local preschools as well as one in a private school in London, England. After college I stayed in Boston teaching infants thru pre-k, but the goal of one day living in NYC was waiting for me, so here I am. I completed my studies at Columbia University and received my master’s degree in early childhood/elementary education. I have always had a love for teaching and learning about young children. Whether I am witnessing it for the first time or the fiftieth, I am constantly amazed by the natural development I observe in the children with whom I work. This motivates me to continue to study and teach and to grow as an individual and as an educator. My association with C.A.D.S. began during the summer of 2003 when I interned in the two-year-olds classroom. I look forward to my eleventh year of teaching in the Red Room at C.A.D.S.!
Hi, my name is Kari Andersen and I am pleased to be starting a new school year in the Red Room at CADS! I grew up in Patchogue, Long Island and spent my summers volunteering with children in the alternative program of Patchogue-Medford School District. While at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, I worked for a preschool on campus with a classroom of children aged two and three years old. After graduating Summa Cum Laude with a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Spanish, I moved to Manhattan to pursue my Master’s Degree at Columbia University Teacher’s College. I graduated in May from the School Psychology program, obtaining my certification as a NYS school psychologist. Currently, I am continuing my education after being accepted into the Ph.D. program for School Psychology at Fordham University. Before coming to CADS, I dedicated myself as a nanny for two years to a family on the Upper West Side with two preschool-aged children. This position greatly enhanced my expertise in working with children, particularly in advancing their intellectual and social skills and attending to their physical and emotional needs. In addition, my past experiences in CADS classrooms have been provided me with learning opportunities and enriching experiences that result from working alongside the skilled and compassionate teachers and staff of C.A.D.S. I am excited to be part of the 2014-2015 school year and look forward to working in collaboration with each and every parent and child!
I joined the staff of Children’s All Day School as a full time assistant teacher in September of 2006. I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and another Bachelor’s Degree in Library Science from a college in Hungary, my native land. I also taught part-time at a private hospital for children, located in Budapest, Hungary, which serves special needs children ages, four through sixteen. The birth of my son, Benson, was a turning point in my life. I’ve always believed that child development is not a race. Every child is different and they forge their own paths. As a Mom I understand this point even more now. I really enjoy teaching young children. Science and Arts & Crafts are two of my passions. I believe children need a nurturing, safe, creative environment, where they can learn, explore and have fun. I look forward to meeting you all soon.