Meet Tomoko

May 18, 2018

Who am I?

I am an Early Childhood educator at St. Cloud Areas school district in Minnesota.  I work with children ages 0 to 5 years old in ECFE (Early Childhood Family Education) classes.  I have my Master’s degree in Child and Family Studies with an emphasis on Parent Education.  Several years ago I went back to school to get my teaching license in order to work with young children.  I am also a mother of two children who are currently 10 years old and 6 years old.  I was born and raised in Japan and recently got my U.S. citizenship.  


How did you find FORM?

I found FORM through my colleagues, Lucy whom I come to FORM events with and our former colleague, Ellen who was trained by Magda Gerber in California.  They were on the RIE® website and found a link to FORM there.


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

Respecting a child as an unique human being from the child's birth (no matter how old the child is) resonates with me the most because that is how I would like to be treated.  The Educaring® Approach is so natural and helps the children be who they are.  I would like to be an educator who supports the child’s capabilities by respecting the child as an individual and nurturing the child’s abilities.


What are you most grateful for?

My families, friends, colleagues, and families I work with whoever helped and have been helping me to shape who I am right now.


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

I would like to say travels, but it doesn't happen often time-wise and finance-wise.
Currently yoga (it just helps me feel better).  


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

I don't know....


What was your favorite book as a child?

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.   


What teacher inspired you the most? How? 

My 3rd and 4th grade teacher.   He was a brand new teacher and so passionate about what he was doing and seemed to enjoy what he was doing so much, especially by being with us, his students.


What 3 words best describe you?

Passionate, punctual, and honest.


What is the best question anyone has asked you?

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