Carla Farson is a co-head teacher in Classroom 2. She began working in early childhood education in 2012 and joined the Saul and Carole Zabar Nursery School in 2013. Carla holds a master's of science degree in special and general early childhood education from Bank Street College and a bachelor of arts degree in theatre studies with a minor in education studies from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC.
Carla grew up in Greenwich, CT, and Asheville, NC. From an early age, she has been involved in theatre, dance, music, and fine art, which she incorporates in the classroom, along with sing-alongs with her guitar.
Prior to working at the JCC, Carla taught Grade 4 Hebrew school, Pre-K, and kindergarten, as well as extracurricular early childhood classes in music, Hebrew language, movement, and yoga. Her work with children also includes rock climbing and high ropes course instruction at Camp Ramah Nyack and student teaching for first grade at a summer school program in Manhattan serving children with learning challenges.
Carla views each child as a powerful individual who possesses a wealth of unique and valuable ideas from which we all can learn. She aims to shape an inclusive classroom environment that promotes curiosity and passion, self-expression and self-confidence. Carla approaches teaching, student care, and curriculum development with an individualized approach to create a school experience that capitalizes on each child's potential. Carla is deeply grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow at the JCC nursery school.