Toddler Co-Teacher, September 2004-present
B.A., New England College (Theatre), 1997
Kate Nicolaou is in her tenth year teaching toddlers at Hampshire College’s Early Learning Center. Holding a degree in theater from New England College, Kate enjoys embracing children's creativity and looks for opportunities to incorporate music and movement into the curriculum.
Kate has presented along with colleagues at NAEYC on her work with children and view of children as capable and inspiring people. Kate lives in Amherst with her husband and two daughters.
Kate believes that children are creative thinkers unencumbered by adult limitations. They have a view of the world with a multitude of possibilities, and, as a teacher, she is offered the chance to revisit her own interpretations of the world through these new lenses. Her goal as a teacher is to notice and help acknowledge moments of discovery and recognition, and to help create a community of socially minded yet individual people, respecting rights, opinions, and uniqueness of the individuals around them. She also likes to help children and adults alike find reasons to smile and enjoy the world. For toddlers especially, Kate believe teachers’ roles can be as observers and interpreters, bridging the gap between non-verbal and verbal communication.