Emily Davis graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with an degree in Early Childhood Education and has been an educator for close to twenty years. She has been a licensed teacher, working in both public and private schools in North Carolina, New York City and Massachusetts which has afforded her exposure to the various techniques and educational philosophies of these areas. Her experience includes classroom teaching, consulting and director of a Reggio Emilia inspired school in New York City. She is trained in the Reggio Emilia style of teaching and learning which forms curriculum based on the interests of the children. She has a passion for exploring children’s thought processes by providing materials that extend problem solving techniques and help children reach higher levels of thinking through play. Creative arts and their role in learning also has a strong influence on her teaching style.
Blake Carter studied theatre at Gainesville State University with a focus on children’s theatre and theatre for young audiences. Through children’s theatre she quickly discovered her passion for teaching young students. She has worked with preschool age children both in and out of a traditional school setting. As a teaching artist and education director she has shared her love of the arts with over 500 students in both Georgia and Illinois. In Chicago, she helped implement a program in the public schools to engage children in reading using the dramatic arts. She has attended and lead workshops with the International Thespian Society and the Educational Theatre Association focusing on bringing curriculum to life using the arts and play. She feels strongly that children learn the most when they have the freedom to explore and discover through play.