Jodie RappProgram Director
Jodie, a dedicated educator with 18 years of experience in toddler teaching, has served as the lead toddler teacher at Sonshine’s Early Learning Center for the past three years. Her journey in early childhood education has been driven by a deep passion for nurturing young minds and a profound belief in the importance of inclusive and accessible education.
What sets Jodie apart is her unique perspective and abilities. Despite facing profound hearing loss, she has become fluent in English Sign Language (ESL), which she skillfully incorporates into her daily curriculum. Jodie recognizes the profound impact sign language has on children’s emotional and behavioral well-being. Moreover, it enhances language and verbal skills, aiding those who are just beginning to express their needs.
Jodie’s commitment to professional growth is evident in her pursuit of initial state certification in early childhood education and her ongoing pursuit of an AAS in ECE. She is dedicated to staying at the forefront of her field to better serve her students.
In her classroom, Jodie fosters an inclusive and nurturing environment where every child feels valued and supported. She firmly believes that all children, regardless of their limitations, deserve love, respect, and accommodations. Her advocacy for children with limitations is not just a profession but a heartfelt mission.
Outside the classroom, Jodie finds joy in spending time with her four-legged children – three dogs and two tortoises. Her love for animals and her dedication to early childhood education make Jodie a remarkable and compassionate teacher, enriching the lives of the toddlers she cares for and advocates for each day.