Joanie Kaltseis is a co-head teacher in Classroom 2. She has been at the JCC Nursery School since 2007. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in early childhood and early childhood special education from New York University and a master’s degree as a reading specialist from Teacher’s College at Columbia University.
Previously, Joanie taught at the Downtown Little School in lower Manhattan and at Buckley Country Day School on Long Island. She grew up in Great Neck, Long Island, and now lives on the Upper West Side with her husband, Gerhard, and their two children, Harry and Emma.
She says, “Advocating for children with special needs is a passion of mine, as is creating an inclusive classroom environment that meets every child at his or her own level and encourages them to grow and learn together. Children are my biggest inspiration. I love seeing the world through their eyes; their unique perspective illuminates the positive and often humorous aspects of everyday life. I begin each day with my class knowing a new adventure awaits!”