The Little Red was developed by Anna Milner-Tritt to bring a diverse, fun,and inspiring set of toddler & me classes to the rivertowns of Westchester.
About The Little Red and Anna Milner-Tritt (founder and playschool teacher)
Anna is an Early Childhood Teacher/Specialist, who graduated with her Masters from NYU in Early Childhood Education and a Certificate in Creative Art Therapy from The New School for Social Research. She spent 6 years teaching Pre-K and K in the NYC DOE public school system, and has two young children of her own (ages 2+ and 4+). Anna believes that play is the invaluable work of children and that a positive first learning experience is vital in setting up a lifelong love of education, creativity, and curiosity. She believes parents are the first teacher a child will have. Therefore, it is important to provide classes to build that bond between grown-up and child; to scaffold the pre-academic learning through the play, creative arts, and movement environments. She also understands firsthand how grown-ups also need an outlet outside of the home to help their infant/toddler grow and develop; both together, with other like-minded adults, and with a little bit of separation. Through her love of the development and learning that takes place in the early toddler/childhood years, she built The Little Red - a Toddler Learning Center to bring this outlet of fun, inspiring classes to the rivertowns, to create happy grown-ups and happy littles.
About Meghan Covington (yoga/fitness)
Meghan is a National Strength and Conditioning Association certified personal trainer. She also obtained her RYT-200 hour certification through Yoga to the People and her prenatal yoga teacher training through Om Yoga Center in New York City. In addition, Meghan is certified in Women's Special Populations (prenatal, postnatal, menopause, autoimmune diseases, and breast/ovarian cancers) and Movement Skills Development for Children. She has experience training men, women, and children of all fitness levels both one on one and in classroom settings. Her creative mind/body approach to fitness helps clients reach their ultimate potential both physically and mentally. Meghan has also been featured in American Baby Magazine, DNAinfo New York, Westchester Family Magazine, and Wee Westchester. (www.mindbodyfitnessnyc.com)
About Linda Hanson (Child'Space)
Linda Hanson is a New York State registered physical therapist, a teacher -practitioner of the Child’Space Chava Shelva Method for infant development, and a Guild Certified Feldenkrais practitioner with clinical practice experience in New York, Virginia, and California since 1980. She holds advanced training in craniosacral therapy and is a teaching assistant in Child’Space classes and craniosacral therapy. Linda owns and operates a private practice in Somers, New York and is a contract therapist for early intervention working with infants with developmental needs and preschool special education services in Westchester County. (To learn more about the Child’Space Chava Shelva Method visit www.childspacemethod.com/)
About Joanna Levine-Pawlings (music)
An active singer-songwriter and musician, Joanna has graced stages small and large (she sang back-up for the band Dispatch at Madison Square Garden last summer!) and for audiences young (with her children's duo- Joannas 'n Bananas, featuring her husband Rob) and older (with her roots-rock band Pinkwing). She has taught guitar and ukulele lessons and has led children's sing-alongs and music classes throughout NYC and surrounding areas for over 6 years and she is inspired and honored by the experience of bringing families together through the bonding experience of musical communion. (www.joannasnbananas.com)
About Kate Sonders Solomon (cooking)
Kate Sonders Solomon has spent the past handful of years teaching her six-year-old son to love food and eating, and writing a food blog dedicated to seasonal recipes. Kate obtained an Italian language and literature degree from Smith College and spent her junior year in Florence, where she learned the art of simple, slow cooking from a passionate host parent. Following a brief post-college stint in a professional kitchen, Kate set aside knives for paper and pen. She has spent the past ten years writing restaurant reviews, conducting research for a cookbook writer and blogging. Kate wants to spread her passion for food, cooking, and healthy and wholesome eating with kids. She’s committed to introducing new ingredients and allowing kids to explore food through touch, smell and taste. (katesonders.com/blog)
About Ericka Reyes (Spanish)
Ericka Reyes is an Early Childhood Teacher from Guatemala and a certified teacher in New York State. She is the Spanish Head Teacher at Linguakids and has been working for the company for fifteen years. All the parents in their location in Larchmont love her. She really loves teaching and has a lot of passion for what she does. Her creativity has no limits and she has that gift to engage the children in learning. Her goal is to teach not only Spanish, her mother language, but also her culture and have fun at the same time! (www.linguakids.com)
About Leslie Seery (yoga)
Leslie is a local mom and yogini. She is a seasoned educator with nine years of experience in the public middle and high school science classrooms. She has an Adolescent Yoga Certification from Karma Kids Yoga and a Children’s Yoga Certification from Little Flower Yoga in Manhattan. Leslie works with children of all ages doing yoga. Her yoga class is a unique blend of yoga asana, breath work, and fun, all of which are rooted in her science background. Leslie uses an inquiry-based approach in her instruction and always allows time for experimentation and questioning. She believes that our children can benefit greatly from regular yoga practice and strives to cultivate lasting relationships with both the students and families. (www.facebook.com/youthyogalab)
About Elizabeth Casario (yoga)
Teaching yoga and mindfulness is Elizabeth's second career. She has pursued mindfulness, happiness and balance through yoga since the age of 25. As a former ballet dancer who performed in The Nutcracker at City Center in New York City, the physical challenges of yoga were a natural fit. Though she once enjoyed a very successful career in the fashion industry as a stylist, Elizabeth felt something was missing in her life. An amazing yoga and meditation journey to Bali inspired her true calling, or Dharma: to make a difference by teaching yoga and bring gratification and peace to herself and others. Elizabeth is registered as an ERYT200 and RCYT through Yoga Alliance. Her teaching is informed by a variety of styles and teachers including a 100-hour kids' yoga and mindfulness training with Jennifer Cohen Harper, 200-hour training with Micheal Baez's s Awakened Warrior Teacher Training, Yin Yoga with Sarah Powers, aerial yoga in Costa Rica, Panchakarma (a mind-body healing experience for detoxifying the body, strengthening the immune system, and restoring balance) in India, wand study, and Arti. Elizabeth is also a certified master Reiki healer studying under Berta Prevosti at the Samsara School of Reiki in Stratford, CT. The Little Flower Yoga Organization: Founded in 2006, Little Flower Yoga is a New York based organization dedicated to making the tools of yoga and mindfulness available to all children and teens. Our classes are rooted in youth development principles and address children’s holistic wellness needs in a joy filled environment. (www.littlefloweryoga.com)
About Sleepy on Hudson (sleep help)
Lindsay Rothman, MS Ed., is Sleepy On Hudson's infant and baby specialist. As a mother of two (Dylan, 3 and Cece, 7 months), Lindsay has the personal and professional experience to help her clients take the right steps forward in the first months of parenthood. She will develop a sleep schedule for nights and naps that is right for your parenting style and baby's temperament. Lindsay is also very experienced and successful at creating and implementing sleep training plans. Whether you need help for the first few months, an 'official' sleep training plan, or a customized list of products for your nursery, registry, or family, Sleepy on Hudson is a valuable combination of sleep expert, mother, and friend.
About Jeanette Sawyer Cohen (Parenting)
Jeanette Sawyer Cohen, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and co-founder of Everyday Parenting Psychology in Hartsdale. She specializes in supporting women from pregnancy through parenthood, and in behavioral and developmental concerns in young children. Jeanette consults to a wide range of early childhood programs and is endorsed as a clinical infant mental health mentor. She teaches at Columbia University and Westchester Medical Center, and is involved in women’s health research and child advocacy. Jeanette has studied and taught mindfulness for the past 15 years, with a focus on mindful parenting. (www.EDParenting.com).