Co-Founder, Confident Kid Club
Katharine’s 28-year teaching career has focused on using innovative and effective teaching strategies with a particular emphasis on children with special needs and their families. She holds a Masters of Science in Early Childhood Education & Teaching Young Children with Special Needs from Wheelock College, where she was the first ever recipient of a dual degree/certification in 1993. She received her Bachelors of Science in Child and Family Studies from Syracuse University in 1991. Katharine has dual certification as a Teacher of Young Children With Special Needs Ages 3–7 and Early Childhood Education Nursery School – 6th Grade. Specific interests and training expertise include:
- Sensory processing
- Social skills development in children
- Behavior management strategies
Katharine’s wide-range of teaching experience includes:
- Co-founder/program facilitator Confident Kid Club
- Head teacher in therapeutic preschools/early intervention programs
- Substitute teacher at the elementary school level
- Special Ed Itinerant Teacher (SEIT) in Westchester County preschools and homes
- Head teacher – innovative inclusion classroom for 3–5 year olds in New Rochelle, NY
Katharine’s substantive knowledge of behavior intervention strategies and her intuitive nature allow her to easily establish a strong rapport with young children. By recognizing and respecting children’s different learning styles, Katharine helps to build on strengths and enable transitions to less restrictive environments. Through ongoing communication with parents she facilitates reinforcement of skills in home and community settings. She has a natural love for working with young children and an inherent ability to leverage a child’s strengths to foster success.
As the parent of two young adult sons, she brings a valuable real life perspective to the education process. She believes that a combination factors; family, community, and schools, interact to help children reach their full potential. Katharine has been extensively involved in her community as a recreational soccer coach for over ten years and has organized annual blood drives with elementary school children. She served as the Special Education PTA co-president and liaison to parents at the preschool/elementary school level. Katharine enjoys gardening, cooking, and canning her own jams and pickles. Her creativity and enthusiasm carry over to her work with young children engaging them in enriching activities to help them reach their full potential. As recently stated by a parent: “In one short year, Katharine single-handedly taught our son skills that triggered an enormous growth in his cognitive and motor abilities, as well as his self esteem.”
Co-Founder, Confident Kid Club
Carmella Crowley received her Master’s Degree in Special Education from the College of New Rochelle and also holds a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Iona College. She has 28 years of experience in early childhood education.
She began her teaching career as an elementary teacher in a multi-cultural inner city school, teaching first and third grade. There she developed and implemented curriculums in all content areas for four years. She designed and integrated thematic units and fostered student development in socialization skills and language development through cooperative learning. Carmella’s career as an educator has culminated in her role as co-founder/program facilitator at Confident Kid Club.
While raising her four sons she began work as a Special Education Itinerant Teacher and Early Intervention Provider throughout Westchester for children 2-5 years old. There she demonstrated patience, her natural love of children, and an understanding of children with a wide range of developmental delays. Her responsibilities included:
- Educational evaluations
- Development of appropriate Individual Educational Plans
- Behavior modification strategies
- Social skills development
- Collaborating with therapists, co-workers, supervisors, and parents
Crowley is a dedicated and committed professional who has represented students at Committee on Preschool Special Education meetings (CPSE) to ensure proper support services and future placements. Additional experiences include lead teacher in a toddler inclusion classroom, summer camp director at the White Plains YMCA, private tutor, and head teacher at an enrichment program for talented and gifted children.
She is an active member of her church where she chairs the annual dinner dance and organizes the weekly fellowship. During the summer of 2009, she hosted and welcomed an 8-year-old Fresh Air Fund child in her home for two weeks. She is a member of the PTA and supports and chaperones Youth to Youth community programs for middle school students. She continues to pursue professional development opportunities including, Autism Awareness, Handwriting Without Tears, and Floortime.
Katharine has a passion for working with young children and demonstrates a genuine commitment to the field of special education. She is incredibly supportive of all children, encouraging them to take risks, while offering an environment of safety, caring and unlimited possibilities. She has been highly recommended by parents of her former students and we are fortunate to have her as a part of our preschool community.Ronnie Becher
We quickly recognized Carmella’s teaching complemented our school’s philosophy. She was reliable, responsible and attentive to her assigned student. Her student was receptive to her caring, professional manner. All of the children noticed her warmth and welcomed her into our classroom. She worked very closely with the staff and implemented strategies that were successful to the student’s success. She kept the lines of communication open for all possible parties involved. We highly recommend Mrs. Crowley as a professional and competent Special Education Itinerant Teacher, who is dedicated to her work and her students.Wendy Scharoff and Davina Saideman