Born and raised in Russia, I vividly remember my childhood from a very young age. I often think about events, people, and how they affected who I am today. When I was seven, I decided to become a teacher, teaching my first class to dolls and stuffed animals.
When I was in high school, I volunteered in a preschool and after high school, I attended and graduated from the Pedagogical College of Moscow. When I started working with children and families I noticed right away how easy it was to build a relationship with some children while it was much more difficult with other children who had conflicts with the people around them. The more I observed, the more I came to a realization that teachers, including myself, had a lack of knowledge in this area, which pushed me to learn more about child development. I continued my formal education in child development after my husband and I moved to the United States. After several years in America, I was lucky to discover a progressive developmental school where I worked, taught and also acquired knowledge about child development.
One day, we decided to invite a speaker to the school. She happened to be a RIE Associate – Erica Orosco Cruz. When Erica started presenting, her speech made me nod in agreement; however, it was only after she recited her personal experiences that I became deeply intrigued and wanted to learn more. Consequently, I enrolled in a RIE Foundation class in Hollywood where my teachers were Elizabeth Memel and Melani Ladygo. This decision changed my entire life. Not only did it change my professional life, but it also helped me become a more authentic individual and find my equilibrium in life. I continued my internship with Ruth Anne Hammond and Deborah Solomon. They gave me great opportunities to discover the Educaring Approach layer by layer, with plenty of tarry time. Teaching RIE® Parent-Infant Guidance™ classes was the best career choice of my life – it felt like all the puzzle pieces finally came together.
With the knowledge I acquired from RIE, I published my first book, “Toby is My Bear” as part of a conflict resolution series for preschoolers and I started a blog about conflict resolution, which I welcome you to check out. Today, I teach RIE® Parent-Infant Guidance™ classes, courses, workshops and I am also available for private consultation. Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in any of these services.