GROWING HUMANS IS AN IMPORTANT JOB.
Parenting is tough work. Education is tough work. Both of these jobs wouldn’t exist without one another. Why should parents and teachers work in isolation when their jobs are focused on growing the same humans?
It’s 2017 and it’s time that educators and parents work together smarter, not harder. Life is hard enough just trying to juggle the day to day. Education doesn’t begin when children are 5 years old, entering the traditional school system. Society is moving so fast, and everyone is so stressed out about making sure kids are on the right academic track, but they are humans first. They are humans learning how to navigate this world. They are humans learning how to be human.
I’m Kristen Hahn- I’m an educator and a (fairly) new mom. I inspire others to be the change they wish to see in the world by advocating for children to learn in developmentally appropriate ways. I’ve worked with nearly 47,000 students over the past 17 years, inspiring them to believe in themselves, try their best, and to do what brings them joy. All amidst higher accountability systems that have stressed out teachers, students, and parents beyond belief. We all want our children to excel and succeed, but are we defining excellence and success in healthy ways for our children?
HOW WE CAN WORK TOGETHER
Whether you are a parent or an educator, we can work together to navigate the important relationship between home and school.
My journey began as a classroom teacher in Southern California in 1999. I’ve been privileged to work with grades Pre-K through 5th, witnessing the development of students, not as a “level”, but as growth from meeting students where they are. In 2007 I moved to South Carolina where I am a recognized educational leader. As a classroom teacher I earned my National Board Certification in Early and Middle Childhood Literacy. From 2008 until 2010 I owned my own tutoring center where I mostly helped students struggling in mathematics, which was ironic because I struggled as a math student, and never really understood it. This propelled me to want to serve a greater need for more students and began my journey as a mathematics instructional coach. While coaching, I became a certified SC Numeracy Leader, and was honored to be part of the writing team for the Mathematics Support Document for the South Carolina College and Career Ready Standards. In 2015 I earned my M.Ed in Educational Leadership. I continue to research, teach, speak, consult, and write about changing the way we understand and teach children.
I love to watch my own daughter learn through play and see her light up when she figures out “puzzles” (previously known as problems). My hope is to create less fear and anxiety in our education system.
I’ve created meaningful and playful experiences and lessons for children ages 0-10. Asking the right questions doesn’t cost any money and it makes children so much richer in thought. I’m currently working on sharing these ideas with other parents and teachers. Check back often so you don’t miss out on the fun, because learning should be fun!