Diana Cerep­nalkovic

VP OF OPER­A­TIONS

The Kids Post - - Registry of Educators -

Diana Cerep­nalkovic lov­ingly de­scribes a typ­i­cal day for her as ‘or­ga­nized chaos.’ “In the span of an eight hour day I travel to four lo­ca­tions, man­age over 100 Early Child­hood Ed­u­ca­tors and im­ple­ment pro­grams for 350 chil­dren aged three months to five years," she says. "Although work life could be eas­ier with tech­nol­ogy, be­ing present in the class­rooms, plan­ning meet­ings and be­ing in the com­mu­nity is of most im­por­tance to me." Cerep­nalkovic de­cided to be­come an ed­u­ca­tor to in­spire young chil­dren, and pro­vide them with the tools to be suc­cess­ful for their fu­ture. “See­ing chil­dren en­gaged in what they are learn­ing, and ex­cited to come to school, makes what I do ev­ery day worth it," she says. “I strongly be­lieve play gives chil­dren the op­por­tu­nity to experiment, en­gage, so­cial­ize and learn." A sig­nif­i­cant mo­ment that stands out for Cerep­nalkovic is when she first started her ca­reer in the class­room work­ing for a small non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion. “Re­sources were ex­tremely lim­ited and it forced me to use my cre­ativ­ity to de­liver mean­ing­ful and en­gag­ing ex­pe­ri­ences. I took these skills I learned at the be­gin­ning of my ca­reer and still use them to­day. It helped me to be­come a so­lu­tionori­ented, re­flec­tive prac­ti­tioner with an em­pha­sis on the process and ex­pe­ri­ences.”

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