MEET THE TEAM TEACHERS
Jenny began working as a paraprofessional in PRE-K ESE when she was 18 years old. She began her journey as a co-teacher in a Pre-K classroom. It is there where Jenny was first introduced to Conscious Discipline®. She then went on to work at PRIDE (Prekindergarten Instruction in a Diagnostic Environment) a demonstration classroom out of the PRE-E ESE district office. After having her son TJ, she decided to leave the classroom so she could stay home with him full time with all of the love and experiences she had been providing for so many children throughout the years. The time came for TJ to move on to Kindergarten. Jenny knew this was her time to give back to other children and instill in them all that she had done for her own child. Jenny began working alongside Mindy in 2009 at the first Grow With Us location where she helped grow the program into its first enrichment class. She has contributed to the growth of Grow With Us and has become an instrumental part of our Team. In addition to teaching in the classroom, she helps train new teachers, assists in curriculum development, and helps teach in the Parent Child Classes. She is thrilled to continue to be a part of Our School Family and looks forward to connecting and creating lasting memories with all of the families to last a lifetime.
Barbara (aka Ms. Barby) and her husband have two lively children, a 12 year old son and a 15 year old daughter. After earning her Bachelors in Elementary Education and Masters in Reading Education from FIU, Barby taught Kindergarten and First Grade in the public and charter school setting for eight years. When her eldest was born in 2003 she decided to dedicate her time to her children by staying at home with them for several years. In 2009, she founded Natural Beginnings Homeschool, a home-based early childhood program incorporating nature, play, & social emotional development focused on the whole child. After running that program for eight years she felt it was time to move on to a new chapter and begin working with parents on their parenting journey.
While on her personal journey to transform her parenting from one of control to one of connection built on authenticity and inner inquiry, Barby decided that her new mission was to support parents and help guide them on their path towards Conscious Parenting.
“Ever since I can remember I have been fascinated by meditation, well-being, spirituality, the power of the mind, nutrition, everything holistic, reading, psychology, metaphysics and CHILDREN, so becoming part of the Grow With us School Family feels like I am coming home to my true essence” Barby Jimenez
Janet Crespo and her husband of 14 years have two daughters, Mia 13 years old and Janae who is 1. Although Janet is a devoted wife and mother, she feels captivated by the most influential role she plays as an educator. Janet is a compassionate and dedicated teacher, who realized her passion for helping children early in life. Being the second oldest child in a large family of nine siblings, Janet willingly took on the role of caretaker at home while her parents struggled working to provide them with life’s essential necessities. She began taking childcare classes in high school. After graduating, she worked tutoring school aged children as well as assisting in school settings while working towards her A.S. Degree in Education and A.A. in Early Childhood Development. Janet has over twenty-three years of experience working in a variety of preschools. Throughout her career she was exposed to working in religious institutions such as; The Growing Place Preschool at The United Methodists Church and Congregation Bet Breira Preschool within the Jewish community. Janet was selected as an “Ambassador” for Baptist Health Systems while working at Baptist Hospital’s Childcare Center for her exceptional service, positive attitude, and willingness to help others. She is knowledgeable in different approaches like Reggio Emília, Montessori, and Social Constructivism after having attended many professional trainings and seminars throughout her career. Janet was first introduced to Conscious Discipline back in 2010, when she participated in several trainings. She was overjoyed with the influence Conscious Discipline had on her students then and she is extremely delighted to now be part of Our Grow With Us Academy Family.
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