NPNS Teachers

I began my work with children 30 years ago with a position as a nanny for a family friend.  I loved it so much that I attended Nanny College, then spent many years working with parents to give their children a solid foundation to explore the world.  I have since worked in preschools, museums, non-profits, and as a school photographer.  I hold a Master’s in Early Childhood Education from Sonoma State University, where my studies focused on early learners in the museum setting.  I have presented at state and local level conferences on topics including Art and Social-Emotional Learning, Process-Based Art, and Museum Programs for Preschoolers.

I believe that the best learning environments are play-based, where adults create opportunities for children to explore, allow them time to figure things out for themselves and support their growing social-emotional skills.

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Laurynn Gould

I have worked with children for the past fifteen years. I studied Music Therapy as an undergrad at Berklee College of Music in Boston and then did an eight month internship at a school for children with Autism just outside of Chicago. After becoming a board certified Music Therapist, I then worked in pediatric hospice as well as childcare centers on the East Coast creating curriculum and leading infant/toddler/preschool music groups. In 2014 my husband and I moved to Novato and I initially shifted to the other end of the age spectrum, first working as the recreation coordinator for the skilled nursing center at The Redwoods retirement community in Mill Valley, then as a Music Therapist in Hospice/end of life care. I missed working with children, so in 2016 I started to teach Music Together classes locally and began a master’s program at SFSU in Early Childhood Special Education. I completed the program in the summer of 2018, obtained my degree and teaching credential, and then in the fall celebrated the birth of my son Elliot who continues to teach me daily about early childhood development and the benefits of a play-based learning environment.

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Melissa Etcheverry