This is "I love you" in ASL (American Sign Language).
Love is the driving force behind my work.
I have been teaching with love since 1994. In 2003, I earned an M.S.Ed. in Early Childhood/Elementary Education from Bank Street College. I studied at The Reading and Writing Project (TRWP) at Teachers College, Columbia University, where I served on leadership groups. As a classroom teacher, teaching a K-1 loop in NYC public schools, my classroom served as a labsite for Writing Workshop. At Hamilton Heights Academy at P.S. 28, I taught Music/Literacy. I served West Side Montessori for ten years as the Music/Literacy Co-Curricular. I am a Mama of two boys. I know how hard you are working, and how much you care. And I know I can make learning more fun and loving for both you and your little one(s).
"Thank you, Risa. I was a Kindermusik educator for 20 years, so I have a good variety of songs...but love more and fresh ideas. I have my favorite back pocket oldies but goodies. BUT, new ideas are always welcome. I am back to teaching in the classroom now, and still LOVE music, but am not doing just that. When you talked about adding the literacy component in your training, I felt like that was the missing piece for me that was needed. We do a "journal" reading, but it just didn't fit who I was. I think doing the music is doing the same thing...but adding an element of what was really missing and what I know is SO good for the classroom and kids. THANK YOU! The kids are LOVING Peter Rabbit. :)"
"Risa, is that look you in the eye kind of musical master that makes not only the children mesmerized but parents tapping their toes in their shoes as they watch the kids hold onto her words and rhythm....only to find yourself singing and humming long after the lesson or show"
"Risa Cohen is a talented musician and vocalist. She is kind, caring and has a natural way of connecting with children. I have seen firsthand the way my children and their classmates hang on her every word and note. Risa is an exemplary teacher and outstanding individual!"
"Risa has an amazing class! She does a combination of new songs and old favorites and we love singing them when we are at home."