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Use the search bar to find one of our certified trainers who can bring the MITM training to your community. Most of our trainer have a Head Start background.

Nykisha Barefield

Location

Westmont, Illinois

Availability

Open for discussion

Travel Area

Open for discussion

Trainer Bio

Nykisha Barefield is the Assistant Director of Education and Support Services for the Early Childhood Services Division. She has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Type 75 from Concordia University and a Bachelor’s degree majoring in Early Childhood Education from Chicago State University.  Nykisha has been with Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet for 19 years, working in the Head Start program as a Teacher and Site Director.  Nykisha is a Head Start Johnson and Johnson Fellow, she has participated and conducted trainings/workshops at various levels within Head Start.  She has also completed Community Leadership School for the Joliet area and is certified as a Pyramid Model trainer.  She became a MITM trainer during the first cohort in 2018.  Nykisha recently completed the Trauma Informed Educational Practices for Children and Adolescents Certification from North Central College.  Nykisha was nominated and became the IAEYC member spotlight in February 2021.  She considers herself a lifelong learning and takes pride in empowering other staff to reach their full potential. Nykisha has one adult son and enjoys spending time with family and close friends. 

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Betsy Haas, MA, CMBI

Location

Sherman Oaks, CA

Availability

Dependant calendar

Travel Area

Wherever needed, nothing is too far.

Trainer Bio

See website: www betsyhaas.com

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Phyllis Elaine Vernon

Location

Payette, ID

Availability

evenings and weekends

Travel Area

100 to 500 miles

Trainer Bio

  • Master’s Degree in Education Administration from
    Walden University.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Walden
    University.
  • Twenty years working with children 0 to 5 years
    of age in WICAP Head Start/Early Head Start program.
  • Four years working with Region 4 Early Childhood
    Coordination working with children Birth to 8 years of age in providing
    training and resources to families and childcare practices in the community
  • Nine years as a member and past President
    of Aim Early Idaho-Idaho Association for Infant and Early Childhood Mental
    Health. Our vision is to support systems of care within the State of Idaho that
    provide the optimal opportunity for infants, toddlers, and young children to
    experience secure relationships with their primary care providers, to provide
    trainings and resources to professionals working with infant and toddlers and
    to support individuals that would like to complete the Endorsement process.

 

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Kelly Armor

Location

Erie, PA

Availability

widely available

Travel Area

500

Trainer Bio

Kelly Armor is an educator, folklorist, singer, multi-instrumentalist, and storyteller. For the past 25 years she has worked intensively with Erie’s New American community, identifying artists and supporting their work to preserve their culture and traditions in their new home and creating systems for the greater community to honor, celebrate and benefit from the New American’s indigenous knowledge.

 

From 2003-2018 she was the Folk Art & Education Director at the Erie Art Museum. There she initiated Old Songs New Opportunities, a job development and cultural preservation program that prepared Latina and former refugees to work in early childhood settings and to use their traditional songs on the job. A major initiative of this project sent New American song coaches into hundreds of early childhood classrooms across the county, teaching their songs and culture to thousands of students and hundreds of teachers.  In her role as the Museum’s Education Director she built robust school tour, teacher in-service and internship programs.  Before her tenure at the Museum she spent a decade as a professional performer, interpreting the folk music from East Africa, Appalachia, and the British Isles. She toured the country presenting at coffee houses, festivals, schools and concert venues. She has a B.A. in Ethnomusicology from Friends World Program of Long Island University, where she did field work from 1986 – 1989 in Kenya and Tanzania in traditional music, Swahili language, and English language instruction.

 

Ms. Armor has been a teaching artist since 1995, and lead over 45 residencies in schools and social service organizations. Her specialties include working with teachers at Early Learning Centers. Her residencies focus on storytelling, folk music, songwriting, and folk arts. She is Professional Development Instructor with the PA Keys/PQAS in Curriculum and Learning Experiences and Family, Schools and Community Collaborations and Partnerships. She completed the MITM Train the Trainer session in December 2018.

 

From 1993 – 2005 she was a self-employed performing artist with the duo Armor & Sturtevant and interpreted folk music from East Africa, Appalachia, and the British Isles. She has a B.A. in Ethnomusicology from Friends World Program of Long Island University, where she did field work from 1986 – 1989 in Kenya and Tanzania in traditional music, Swahili language, and teaching English to non-English speakers. She was named 2017 Outstanding Art Museum Educator of the Year from the PA Art Education Association, earned the 2017 Prophet of Peace Award from the Benedictine Sister of Erie and the 2013 Women Making History Award from the Mercy Center for Women for her work with Erie’s New Americans, and the 2013 Imagine Award for excellent service in Arts Education from Erie Arts & Culture.

 

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Kim Guieb

Location

Honolulu, Hawaii

Availability

From August on

Travel Area

To west coast

Trainer Bio

I am currently the P-3 Project Manager with the Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education.  In my position, I have facilitated CLASS PreK Observer Certification and Introductory trainings; a series of Systems Thinking workshops; and an overview GOLD sessions with PreK to 2nd grade teachers from diverse settings, as well as presented at national and state conferences, including the National Head Start Association and the Hawaii Association for the Education of Young Children.  As the early literacy grant coordinator, I have developed a monitoring and implementation system to support the Comprehensive Literacy State Development Early Literacy Projects and provide training and technical assistance to enhance the professional capacity of the Early Literacy Coordinators.  My previous professional positions consist of P-3 Project Coordinator with a P-3 demonstration project, and Assistant Director and Program Manager of a Head Start program in Hawaii.  In addition to being affiliated with a number of national and state early care and education associations and steering committees, I am a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer.  

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