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About Regina

Regina is a head teacher at Goddard Riverside's Head Start in Manhattan. She calls it, "A truly wonderful school for children to discover the joy of learning and my home away from home." Regina has been a teacher of young children for over 15 years. A career changer, (she was originally involved in the creation of an Off-Broadway Theatre Company) Regina became interested in the field of education after the birth of her children. Intrigued by discussions of Dewey, progressive education and "educative experiences" and after reflecting on her own experiences as a learner, she set about trying to understand how children learn best while keeping the joy of early childhood alive. Believing that much of our current educational system seems to be bent on trying to cram more and more developmentally inappropriate "academics" into early childhood education, she devoted her time and energy to teaching at a small nursery program on the Upper West Side. As her own children grew, Regina continued to be involved in furthering the cause of high quality public education as a PTA president, classroom volunteer and public school fundraiser.

She went back to graduate school and earned a Master's of Science degree in both Early Childhood Education and General Education from the Bank Street College of Education. She is committed to a progressive education for young children. Regina is currently at work on a book about her own experiences in teaching young children and the importance of high quality early childhood education for all children. She has also recently begun a Master's in Special Education in Early Childhood.

Regina Gallagher

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