Lesley Romanoff, Director/Head Teacher
Lesley Romanoff, is director and lead teacher. She teaches 3, 4, and 5-year olds and their parents. She created the School’s summer program, Tinkering at the Cooperative School, for 5 through 10-year olds that reclaims the magic of adventure play, den-building, and outdoor adventures. She created a program to extend outdoor education to public elementary schools to help students access urban forests and green spaces through an #Optoutside. This program is partially funded with a grant from the City of Takoma Park and other partners. The Cooperative School—its forest program along with its spaces, philosophy, and commitment to the parent-participatory model—reflect her approach to early childhood education in nature, play, and art.
Lesley has presented methodology for connecting literacy to social dramatic play and creative arts curriculum at the National Association for the Education of Young Children annual conference. She presented at the first #playiceland conference in 2013 in Reykjavik Iceland. In 2015, she partnered with an international team to help support the first forest kindergarten in Lithuania and presented at the Education Iceland conference. Lesley has presented at the Nature Preschool Conference at Irvine Nature Center, ERAFANS, and with NOVA Outdoors.
Lesley holds a Master of Art in Teaching, Early Childhood Education.
Membership and Affiliations
ACEI, Association for Childhood Education International; NAEYC, National Association for the Education of Young Children; NAREA, North American Reggio Emilia Alliance; PCPI, Parent Cooperative Preschools International