Meet our mother-daughter team and proud owners of Sunflowers Day Care
THE REAL LIFE "MARY POPPINS"
Nina comes from a small European Country called Latvia. From an early age she had a curious mind and a strong desire to teach.
She began her career in the early 1979, as an instructor at Youth Railroad in Riga, Latvia. Later that year she joined a public kindergarten as an Early Childhood Educator. Through out her experience at the railroad and kindergarten Nina had kept the dream of teaching in the classroom alive and in 1983 she begun to teach in public schools.
After 9 years of teaching grades 1 through 5 with a standard USSR method, Nina came across an article for an upcoming seminar on Waldorf Education. She fell in love with this nurturing and natural approach to education and submerged herself into Waldorf pedagogy since 1992. She has gained various certifications from Latvia, Russia, Germany and Sweden. Nina holds a Bachelors of Education from the University of Latvia and is Internationally Certified in Waldorf Pedagogy.
Today you can find Nina at Sunflowers, teaching young parents and children. As well as giving private Russian language lessons to children from 4 years and up.
“Waldorf Education is based on a profound understanding of human development that addresses the needs of the growing child. Waldorf teachers strive to transform education into an art that educates the whole child—the heart and the hands, as well as the head.”- whywaldorfworks.org.
MRS.CODERS aka GEN
Gen was born and raised in Riga, Latvia where she has graduated from a Waldorf School and gained her first experience in early childhood education. She has lived in England for two years and worked in a healthcare field before coming to United States. She has attended various colleges and universities in Europe and US.
Gen strongly believes in positive guidance and developmentally appropriate practices. She holds an NVQ 2 Certification as a Health Care Assistant from England, Associates Degree in Law Enforcement, Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Education Administration Certification from Oakton Community College. She has also received Gateways (a statewide professional development system) ECE Credentials Level 4 and Illinois Director Credentials. Gen meets DCFS Director Qualifications in the state of Illinois.
Today, you can find her at Sunflowers Day Care answering all your questions from enrollment to positive guidance or studying the art of acting at Columbia College Chicago.
"Through play, children learn what no one can teach them."
- Lawrence Frank
All our staff have been submitted to DCFS background checks and have gained and maintained CPR/First Aid Certifications.
“Receive the children in reverence; educate them in love; let them go forth in freedom.”
- R. Steiner
Sunflowers has been open since 2014 and has been part of Russian speaking community in Chicagoland area ever since.