My name is Hjordis Snider and I'm originally from DeKalb, Illinois, which is about 60 miles west of Chicago. I received my Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University in Child Development, with an emphasis in Preschool/Kindergarten, Preschool Handicapped. I later returned to school to become certified to teach Kindergarten through 9th grade.
I've had the pleasure of working professionally with children for more than twenty-five years. My experience ranges from working with children as young as infants, (Northern Illinois University Infant/Toddler Lab School) to teaching 7th and 8th grade in the public schools in Kings, Illinois.
My volunteer work with children reflects my value in the development of the whole child. I have been a Roving Therapist in Child Life at the General Hospital in Iowa City where I worked with terminally ill children as well as tutoring school age children whose futures were not as tragic. I have been a Youth Leader for many years in my hometown church. I have taught Sunday School, and have been a Cub Scout leader and a 4-H leader. I have coached Optimist Soccer and have been citywide Director of National Junior Tennis League. Through the YMCA, I have been involved in "The Restoration of the Edison Neighborhood" bringing recreational activities to young children in the neighborhood.
In teaching, I practice the philosophy of the Reggio Emilia approach, which is consistent with the Kazoo School mission and beliefs. When you step inside my classroom, you will find the fundamentals of progressive education evident. Children are engaged in child-centered and developmentally appropriate activities. The emergent curriculum is formed from the interests of the children, and every child's little hands and great mind is given a voice in our projects.
There is so much more I can tell you about peace education, nature and environmental awareness, the importance of play, imagination and creativity, which are all essential elements in the education of the young child. Instead, I invite you to visit my classroom and please, remember childhood as you enter!