Theresa Villani, Infant Teacher

Personal story

I have had the privilege of traveling for most of my childhood because of my father’s career. My favorite place to live was Tacoma, WA because we lived on my grandparents property, creating wonderful memories for me and my siblings. I have raised four children and several foster children. Currently I am a grandmother to nine amazing little people. I learn something new from them every time we get together.

My passion has always been to work with children, After my children had grown and were on their own I decided to pursue a degree in Early Childhood Education. While perusing my Associates degree I did my internship at the Co-op Family Center and I fell in love with the program and the people I encountered. I had the privilege of being hired into the Co-op Family Center after my internship. I am currently working on my Bachelors in Science degree in Early Childhood Education through Southern Oregon University.

Educational Philosophy

I strive to provide creative and developmentally appropriate experiences that will forever impact the lives of the young children in my care. I believe that all areas of development (cognitive, social-emotional, physical, language) must be considered, planned for and represented in the classroom. I believe it is important to promote growth of the children in my care by promoting and implementing a strong learning foundation for the children and their families. As a teacher I want to give children a thirst for learning and adventure, through investigative activities, allowing the children to explore the environment around them. I believe that children should be given the opportunity to form their own hypothesis and theories about their world, giving them time to prove or disprove their theories. I believe that as children make their own discoveries it will help to build in them the desire for more exploration.