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Sending Out Love with Joanna

Joanna Johns is a teaching artist at Forest Rose school in Lancaster, Ohio. Click here to read more about her on her website Explore Me a Story

kindergarten students in a dimly lit room sitting together on the floor on yoga mats around their teacher Joanna who is also sitting on the floor on a yoga mat
Joanna with her students at the end of class

My name is Joanna.  I am a mother and an experienced educator, having taught on both sides of the pond!  I have been teaching young children for 20 years.  Through my career I have developed an expertise in literacy.  I have worked as a classroom teacher, education director of a preschool, teacher trainer and as an Early Years Consultant.  

I also teach children’s yoga and mindfulness.  I am a certified children’s yoga teacher (6 weeks ~ teens), including yoga for children with special needs, parent and baby yoga, children’s yoga therapy, and Trauma Informed Teaching Practices.  I also hold a 200 hr yoga training certificate.  In all of my yoga classes we nurture body, mind and heart ~ shining our lights from the inside out!

I have a vast amount of experience working with children and my approach is viewing them as ‘the whole child’, treating them with love and respect and as my equal.  I seek to provide meaningful, fun experiences in which children can learn and develop skills through PLAY, DISCOVERY, EXPLORATION and SELF-EXPRESSION. Through this child centered approach, their learning can be directed by following and supporting the play patterns they are demonstrating, and techniques and subjects that interest them.  Children are all different and learn in so many different ways and learning through enjoyment is essential.

Here is a short video sending out love to the world.

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