from our staff
Hello, my name is Teresa Hahn. I am honored and privileged to be a part of the Hope 4 Kids family. The family atmosphere and genuine love for children is abundant and I feel that I have found my home at H4K.
I have been working in the early childhood field for over 24 years. I have worked with all ages from infants up to 5 years old. My heart and passion has always been with infants and toddlers. I love working with infants because they are such wondrous gifts from God and they never cease to amaze me. The growth and development that takes place during the first years of life amazes me all the time. My favorite part of working with toddlers is the language growth that takes place. To see a child that only has one or two word phrases start using three, four, five, and six word phrases is so incredible, it warms my heart. Watching children grow and master a new skill is what makes my job so rewarding. I can't imagine myself ever doing anything else.
I currently have 29 Early Childhood Education (ECE) units and am working towards getting my A.S. degree is Child Development. I hope to eventually get my B.A. degree in Child Development with an emphasis on infants and toddlers. I have worked for several great schools and companies over the years. The school that stands out the most for me is the Child Educational Center (CEC) in La Canada, CA (home of the Outdoor Classroom Project). I worked there for 7 years and grew up there as a teacher. Many of the skills I have acquired have come from this center. While teaching there, I went through the process of Accreditation from the NAEYC two times, was trained in RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers) and PITC (Program for Infant Toddler Care), and went through several in-service trainings on child development that were invaluable to who I am as a teacher.
In my free time, I enjoy reading, watching movies, spending time with my two children, Kevin (18) and Ashley (17), and my wonderful husband, James. I am extremely excited to be the Program Coordinator for the Infant Center at H4K. I look forward to working with all of the children and parents and doing the best I can to make the infant program the best that it can be!