Carla Farson began working in early childhood education in 2012 and joined the JCC Nursery School in 2013. She is excited to be an associate teacher in our extended day 3s program in Classroom 2. Carla began teaching for the JCC Nursery School as a floating teacher and returned last year as an associate teacher in the Classroom 7 morning class and Classroom 1 Monday/Wednesday/Friday class. Prior to working at the JCC Nursery School, Carla’s teaching experience included 4th grade Hebrew school, pre-K, and kindergarten, as well as extracurricular early childhood classes in music, Hebrew language, movement, and yoga. She spent her summers at Camp Ramah Nyack, instructing children ages seven to 13 in rock climbing and high ropes course challenges.
Carla graduated from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre studies and a minor in education studies. After college, Carla spent a year in Jerusalem exploring her Jewish roots and taking biblical Hebrew and Judaic studies at the Pardes Institute. She began the next chapter of her education in January 2014 in the early childhood special and general education master’s program at Bank Street College. In the summer of 2015, Carla taught first grade as a student teacher in a summer school program in Manhattan that serves under-resourced children who face serious learning challenges.
Carla grew up in Greenwich, CT, and Asheville, NC, and comes from a family of teachers and dancers. From an early age, Carla has been involved in theatre, dance, music, and visual art. Children's yoga and movement, theatre games, and sing-a-longs with her guitar are among the ways she incorporates her arts background into the classroom. Carla believes that all children are creative artists and endeavors to reveal to each of her students their strengths and passions. Carla is deeply grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow at the JCC Nursery School.