Meet Phyllis

February 16, 2018

Who am I? 

I have a Master's Degree in Infant/Toddler Development, am a Certified Montessori Trainer for Infant Educarers, and was a NAEYC Validator. I am a former student of Magda Gerber at RIE® (Resources for Infant Educarers) and studied at the Pikler Institute in Budapest. I have worked with infants for many years, have taught parenting classes and also have spoken at various Early Childhood Conferences both nationally and internationally. 


How did you find FORM?

 I helped form it. [Editor's Note: Phyllis was one of the 4 founding members!]


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

The peacefulness of relationships with infants and young children. Constant communication and respect leads to that peaceful relationship.


What are you most grateful for?

The chance I’ve had to interact with so many infants, young children and adults throughout my life.  I’ve learned as much from them as I have been able to share with others.


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

I play pickleball which has shown me a side of myself which I had not really known.


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

Babies, Dogs and Music 


What was your favorite book as a child?

Baby island


What teacher inspired you the most? How? 

Mr. Warren, my world history teacher in high school.  He taught me how to organize thoughts when writing and how to sort out the fluff.


What 3 words best describe you?

Calm, patient, loving 


What is the best question anyone has asked you?

“Now that we’ve used the Gerber methods with our child for the first three years, what comes next?"

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