Meet Nina

January 26, 2018

Who am I? 

Nina Sherburne has an MA in Education and Human Development (with a concentration in Early Childhood Education) from the University of Colorado Denver. She is a former preschool teacher, current parent-tot class assistant, and founder/coach at Mighty Oaks Parenting, a RIE-inspired consultancy. In her free time, Nina enjoys reading, hiking, listening to public radio, and discovering new and unfamiliar cuisines in the Twin Cities. 


How did you find FORM?

After completing my foundations training with Polly Elam (and founder of FORM, Carolyn Paetzel) I was determined to stay connected with my new community of RIE® enthusiasts. I'm grateful to have this local network that keeps challenging and supporting me on this journey. 


What aspect of the Educaring® Approach resonates with you the most and why?

It sounds so basic, but Educaring reminds me that infants and children are people too. And that they deserve to be treated as such, in all of our daily interactions. Thanks to Magda's approach, I constantly strive to show respect for, and trust in, every authentic person, whether they're 2 months or 92 years old. 


What are you most grateful for?

I'm most grateful for the increasing interest in Educaring across the world. We live in divisive and uncertain times, but this philosophy presents a growing, counteracting force of love and peace that humanity so desperately needs. 


What is one thing you do for yourself? Or what would you like to do for yourself?

(Almost) daily yoga. It keeps me balanced and calm, ready to tackle life's challenges. After a solid morning workout or an evening relaxation practice, never have I ever thought, "I wish I hadn't gotten on my mat today." 


If your life was a book or song, what would the title be?

If I can borrow a classic: "Won't you be my neighbor?" By Fred Rogers


What was your favorite book as a child?

Hazel's Amazing Mother by Rosemary Wells, and Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing by Judi Barrett


What 3 words best describe you?

Friendly, enthusiastic, and inquisitive 


What is the best question anyone has asked you?

"But, why?" 

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