Purple Door Teacher - Miss Nikki
I graduated from California State University, Los Angeles in 2012 with my B.A. in Urban Learning with an emphasis in elementary special education. I am currently pursuing my M.A. in Early Childhood Special Education from CSULA. I am having my first child this year and over the moon excited to be welcoming her in early October. She will attend HRNS as I did. Yes, I am an alumni and I take great pride in our school and its history of being a play-based, cooperative nursery school. I have been working at HRNS for the past two years and I love it. I am very passionate about child's play and helping them develop social skills. I am also very passionate about children's literature and I love children's books (as you can see by our ever growing library in purple door and my house!). I have hopes to write one someday. I also love hiking, gardening, and generally being outdoors. I have a great respect for bugs but despite how cool and calm I may appear in front of the kids, I'm very afraid of many of them. I have been working with children, young and old, since I was a teenager. Now at HRNS, I really get a chance to work collaboratively with families and staff. I love learning and being in this environment, I get to learn something new every day.
Purple Door Teacher - Miss Angie
Miss Angie grew up in Indiana, and graduated from Purdue University with degrees in Biology and Chemistry. She moved to the Pasadena area about 11 years ago with her family, and has been enjoying the SoCal sunshine ever since! Both her children were students at HRNS, she was a board member and worked a lot as a sub in the classroom.
My children were finished at HRNS, but I wasn't ready to leave! I was lucky to be able to join the staff and continue working with children." Having children at HRNS and seeing the 'learning through play' philosophy at work everyday inspired her to go back to school to become a early-childhood teacher. "I love coming to work and seeing each child grow, learn, and experience something new and exciting. It really does put a smile on my face every day!