My name is Ashley Reyes and I am the Director at Teddy Bear Preschool. I have been working with students, both in academic and in childcare settings since 2007.
My journey began as a tutor for Kumon: Math and Reading Center, where I helped provide supplemental learning assistance for students from the ages of 3-15 years old. I also have experience working with high school students as I was formerly employed with UC Santa Cruz as an Academic Intern for Monterey High School. This position required a continuity of academic assistance for students from freshman to senior year in the subject of math.
I was also formerly employed by the International School of Monterey as an after-school aide providing homework help and tutoring for students from 3rd-8th grade.
After ISM, I was able to work as an early childhood educator for Early Development Services for six years. This position allowed me to, not only have the experience and skills that I needed for this position, but also gave me the opportunity to participate in many professional development opportunities, which included receiving specialized training to work with infants and toddlers through Resources for Infant Educarers or “RIE”, founded by Magda Gerber.
I then became a Site-Director for the Expanded Learning Opportunities Program through the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District as well as a Parent Educator for Parenting Connection of Monterey County.
Currently, I have two Associate’s Degrees, one in Anthropology and one in Child Development from Monterey Peninsula College. I also have a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education as well as a Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in Leadership in Early Childhood Education, both from Brandman University.
As an educator, I believe that each child has their own personality and should be taught based on their developmental needs and interests. Collaboration with their parents is essential to their learning and does impact the outcome of their development greatly. I also believe that learning should be play-based, in which children will be able to learn fundamentals such as: language development, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, cognitive and social/emotional development through their play. They should do this in an environment (both in indoor and outdoor settings) that not only invokes a sense of wonder and creativity, but also a sense of warmth and security.