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Ijumaa Jordan – Singita Sabi Sand Preschools
2012 Early Childhood Education Pacific Oaks Fellow
“Some of the most important things I have learned are the importance of viewing the adult learner as competent and having valuable knowledge to share, making theory relevant to current work in the classroom, and honoring the learner’s cultural background and experiences. I love working side-by-side with teachers in the classroom, modeling appropriate practices, which contributes to my own growth as an educator.”
Currently a teaching consultant working directly with teachers in their classrooms facilitating professional development in a “community of practice” model that promotes reflective teaching practices and leadership through workshops and one-on-one mentoring, Ijumaa brings more than ten years of preschool teaching and directing. With a strong belief in the value of a play-based and child-centered curriculum, Ijumaa brings her skills as a teacher, leader and mentor to the TWA team. Also serving as a faculty assistant at Pacific Oaks College in the Human Development Department, she works with and mentors Education and Development students in the areas of cross-cultural communication, working with dual language learners, partnering with parents, and children’s literacy.
Ijumaa received her Basic Core Certificate in Early Childhood Education from UCLA Extension followed by her BA in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College with a concentration in Early Childhood Education, Emergent Curriculum, and Anti-bias Education. She also received her MA in Human Development from Pacific Oaks with a concentration in Leadership in Education and Human Services with sub-specializations in College Teaching/Teaching Adults. Ijumaa participated in Teach With Africa’s pilot ECE program with Singita as a Teacher Trainer Fellow in 2011.