Cori Brandon

    My name is Cori Brandon, and I’m so pleased to be teaching the Lambs (two-year-old) class for the first time this year!  I had the privilege of starting my time at First Friends by teaching our one-year-old class this past winter.  Teaching our youngest friends was a wonderful opportunity to learn and develop ways to engage the growing minds of little ones and create a nurturing and stimulating classroom environment.

    I am a Licensed Social Worker, having earned my Master of Social Work from Arizona State University in 2003.  I went on to serve as a social worker in adult day health care, in which I created programs and provided support to older adults and their caregivers.  My training and background as a social worker provided me with many skills which are vital to my current role, particularly reflective listening and empathic communication.

    I am also a mother of five children, ages seven to 13, who have all done their part in helping me to gain an understanding of the social and emotional needs of young children as well as a deep appreciation for the wonders of childhood discovery and learning.  In raising my own children, I found a love for finding and creating new experiences to open up their world through books, art, sensory activities, science experiments, music, and movement.

    In my class, it is my hope to do the same for your children–to foster a love of learning and exploration through play and discovery.  I hope to see their eyes light up when they hear their favorite part of a story or mix blue and yellow paint into green.  I hope to see them happily engaged as they explore a sensory bin or create their own world from blocks and matchbox cars.  I hope to hear their laughter as we play our instruments to a silly song.  I hope to see the pride in their faces when they’ve successfully shared a favorite truck or prepared a toy-kitchen meal for a friend.  Most of all, I hope that our class will be a place where your child feels joyful, loved, and nurtured!

    I look forward to having a wonderful year with you and your children!

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