Infant co-teacher beginning September 2000
B.A., Hampshire College (Anthropology and Early Childhood Education), 1995
Kim has been teaching infants and toddlers for nearly 20 years, including at Nonotuck Community School, the Skinner Lab School at the University of Massachusetts, and, for the past 13 years, at the Early Learning Center.
Kim has participated in study tours of the early childhood schools of Pistoia and Reggio Emilia, Italy. Kim has been published in the book Insights and Inspiration from Reggio Emilia: Stories of Teachers and Children from North America and has presented at numerous local and national early childhood professional development conferences. For the past three years, Kim has participated in a cross-cultural research project on the topic “Babies as Mentors” in collaboration with the Poppins International Pre-schools in Japan and with the support of Ben Mardell from Harvard’s Project Zero.
Kim is endlessly fascinated by the sense of self with which each child enters our community and finds daily joy in watching the way the babies explore and uncover the wonder of our world. Kim is originally from Brooklyn, NY, but is now happily settled in Easthampton with her husband, Gabe, and their sweet and sassy daughter, Cecelia Daisy. The Ripley family enjoys many unusual adventures, which often include music, laughter, travel, and tattoos.