My name is Ms. Renée and I am the Lead Instructor at Tip-Top Brain for grades K-6. During my spare time, I enjoy trying new foods from different cultures, spending time with friends, and film photography. Naturally, I believe that all children are born intelligent with a strong drive to learn and explore. I was inspired to work with children ever since the age of 14 when I began working at an after-school program that promoted arts and literacy. I was inspired by the children, their creativity, and watching them excel over time. I knew that I wanted to become an early childhood educator one day.
At Tip-Top Brain my goals are always supported. Here we work collaboratively as a team! We work together to provide our students and parents with the support and encouragement they need. On my path to becoming an educator, I am proud to be a part of a learning center that focuses on social-emotional development, positive mental health, and an individualized approach to education!
I am currently a senior at CUNY Hunter College and will be graduating in Spring 2022. I am a double major in Early Childhood Education and Sociology. After graduating from Hunter, my next steps are to continue my academic career and obtain my Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Before working at Tip-Top Brain I worked privately with students and had the great pleasure of volunteering at Reading Partners in the South Bronx. Reading Partners is a non-profit organization that partners with under-resourced schools to promote individualized reading support. As a volunteer, it was rewarding to be able to empower and encourage students through one-on-one sessions. This experience left a huge impact on me as I was able to see the disparities between Black and Brown children in comparison to White students from affluent neighborhoods. I was inspired to pursue early childhood education and be a part of creating change.
Throughout the summer I participated in the Teachers of Corporation Internship as a Student Teacher in East Harlem (remote setting). During this experience, I worked alongside amazing teachers as I worked to differentiate student learning, participate in professional development workshops, create lesson plans, and enhance my learning of culturally responsive teaching through intensive fieldwork. I am proud to have been awarded the Culturally Responsive Teaching Scholarship for connecting students’ cultures, languages, and backgrounds with the curriculum. Through culturally responsive teaching, I continue to focus on what students bring into the classroom rather than focusing on what they cannot do yet. Even so, we must acknowledge there is still a lot of work that needs to be done in regards to culturally responsive teaching and social justice in all learning environments.
Since joining the Tip-Top Brain team I have enjoyed my role as Lead Instructor and working alongside a determined group of students. The students at Tip-Top Brain are passionate, driven, and understand that it is okay to make mistakes in the safe place we have curated. My role at Tip-Top Brain allows me to connect with students and challenge my own perspectives. The students at Tip-Top Brain have demonstrated the many different ways of looking at a situation or solving a problem. All in all, working at Tip-Top Brain allows me to both teach and learn from my students. I am determined to continue my path of early childhood education and play my part as a lifelong learner at Tip-Top Brain!