Erika Almovodar

Infant Room: Sweet Peas

I have 5 years of experience in Early Childhood Education. I have completed 40 units in Child Development while attending East Los Angeles College. I enjoy researching and applying the Reggio-Emilia Approach and the RIE philosophy as part of an educational curriculum. I have earned a Certificate of Completion in Child Development in Infant/ Toddler Studies. I also hold an infant CPR/ First Aid Certification.

The class I enjoyed the most was Child Development Creative Experiences for Young Children. This is one of my favorite classes because the activities are meant for children to create and experience with a variety of materials and media of art, language, literacy, music and movement.

I am very passionate about working with children and it brings delight to share my support to children as an advocate. I believe children need resources to expand their knowledge and their creativity. Building positive relationships with an individual child, parents and caregivers, the community, and the environment all together, plays a very important role in creating a positive lifestyle for children. /p>

Every child learns differently. Observing and interacting with children and their surroundings is very important to their development. I believe open-ended learning leads to creativity and confidence.

I am a mother of a toddler and enjoy spending quality time with family. I love learning new things and exploring outdoors. I plan to continue my education and pursue my dream of becoming a Special Needs Teacher.

“Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate.”

Stephanie Munguia

Hello Discovery Days families! My name is Stephanie Munguia and I am one of the infant teachers working with infants ages 6 weeks to 13 months. I was born and raised here in Los Angeles. Growing up, I was always surrounded by children. My mom ran a small home day care out of our home and I would help my mom with the children by giving them activities, sing songs and pretend to be their teacher. Soon I got a job at a gym working in the daycare; everyone says I have a heart for children just like my mom. Once I started working at Discovery Days in May 2014, I decided to also further my education and enroll in college courses, so I can bring more to the school.

I am currently going to Pasadena City College as a child development major and working towards earning my associates degree and teacher permit to become an elementary school teacher.

One of my favorite Child Development classes I have taken is Language Arts and Literacy for Young Children because my teacher was really great and she showed us so many activities I can bring to Discovery Days. During my free time I love to go on hikes, go to Disneyland, go to the movies, and spend time with my silly family. There are many child development philosophies that I like but I especially admire the Waldorf approach because they emphasize the role of imagination in learning, hands-on activities and creative play.

As the founder of Waldorf education once said “Where is the book in which the teacher can read about what teaching is? The children themselves are this book. We should not learn to teach out of any book other than the one lying open before us and consisting of the children themselves.” – Rudolf Steiner