Amy Freedman is our Early Childhood Fellow and spends her days in the classroom with our little nuggets. I call her "Amy Be Free" because that's her twitter handle (@AmyBFree) and I've known her on twitter for years! We were short on volunteer rooms when she arrived so she endured three weeks sleeping on a mattress on my floor and listening to Sara Bareilles on repeat day after day ;) Amy is from Kansas and holds a degree in Elementary Education but she spent the past few years as the Executive Assistant to the COO of The Weather Channel. How cool is that? Amy is in charge of supporting our nursery, kindergarten and first graders and their teachers in the classroom. She is constantly coming up with creative games and exercises and helping us develop our curriculum and work to give the kids a hands on learning experience. When the littles ones arrive at Kopila they don't speak A SINGLE WORD of English so the communication barrier can be really difficult in the early childhood years. Half the time Amy has no idea what the kids are saying to her. It's amazed me to watch her navigate the language barrier and come out on top. Today she's taking 40 of her students on a picnic field trip. Talk about bravery!