About Mary

  Gordana Biernat

Children are amazing. They seem to know all of the important things

that grown-ups appear to have forgotten

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Mary has been inspired by young children’s wisdom, creativity, and sense of wonder throughout her 30 years of experience as an early childhood educator. Designing innovative and engaging learning environments, creating a culture of inquiry, creativity, and respect, and nurturing children's relationships with ideas, materials, and each other are essential aspects of her approach to teaching and learning. 

Mary began exploring the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education in 1993, and has participated in two Study Tours to Reggio Emilia, Italy.  She has experienced  many facets of early childhood education as a classroom teacher, studio teacher, preschool director, university faculty member, and consultant. 

Mary has taught in urban and suburban settings, presented at local and national conferences, and facilitated professional development workshops in Chicago and the suburbs.  She understands the joys and challenges of being an early childhood educator, and brings her passion for learning with and from young children to her work as a consultant. 


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