Jodi Tharan
  • Northampton, MA
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Teacher, Education Consultant
Objective: To contribute to the early childhood education learning community as a committed and innovative educator with an emphasis on teaching, nature and the arts.


I love working with children, families and early childhood educators. I had the joyous experience of working with infants, toddlers and preschool children at the UC Berkeley Early Childhood Education Program. We spent every possible moment outside. This opportunity at one lab school and other university based child care centers gave me the chance to learn with a wide range of highly skilled childcare professionals. In addition, I was the pre-K teacher at the Jewish Community Center in Berkeley, CA, helping to launch a new program. I brought my rescue hen, Daffy, to our classroom. I recently offered direct care and enrichment to triplet four year old boys who loved our time hiking, building snow people and creating art. Presently, I am caring for a one year old (he has been with me since four months of age) who has been impacted by the opioid crisis. We spent his first months almost entirely outside. One of the highlights was seeing him awake from fitful sleep to find a goldfinch looking him right in the eye on our shaded porch. The birch tree in our yard was a place of vast healing. During these harsh winter months we have enjoyed walking through the snow to visit our neighbor alpacas.

Additionally, I earned my M.Ed. at Holy Names University and was a DeLeT Fellow at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion where I did student teaching in first and third grade. I hold the MA Department of Early Education and Care Teacher Preschool Certificate #9661637. In the State of California I was credentialed at the Site Supervisor level.

Working with early childhood educators, children and families is powerful work that truly transforms lives. I designed and delivered workshops for California First Five including, The Growing Brain: Art and Infants. The arts have always been central to the work I do. Previously, I taught California Shakespeare Summer Conservatory interns a number of workshops. We enjoyed All Kinds of Learners, Teaching in Teams, and Using Strengths to Support Challenges. I designed each of these workshops.

I am at a personal crossroad as my son graduates from Boston University and heads to Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer and my daughter starts art school.

I lived in Alexandria, VA previously where I enjoyed participating in Empowered Women International, Entrepreneur Training for Success to grow my educational consulting business. I am excited to return to teaching and doing so in a program with a deep understanding of the wonder of nature would be my delight. I will be relocating to Virginia during summer 2018. If your school is hiring for 2018-19 or you know of other resources for me to find the right fit in Virginia within the early childhood nature/arts education community I would be thrilled to find out more. I am more than happy to start at an entry level position.

Thank you!
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