has been a pleasure working with Laura Mason Zeisler in many
capacities over the last 10 years. She is a dedicated early
childhood professional, advocate and trainer. She has a multitude
of resources and her background working as a teacher and as
an education coordinator, over the years, adds to her depth
of knowledge about the practical application of the topics
she addresses in her trainings. Most recently Laura has done
a training and support series for some of the teacher's assistants
at Beautiful Beginnings that are working on the Child Development
Associate. I sought her out for this because of her ability
to speak fluently in English and Spanish and access materials
in both languages to help some of my dedicated, highly competent
teachers that have English as a second language continue their
professional growth. In short, Laura is a dynamic professional
that is an asset to the field of early childhood education!
Lewis Khan, M.Ed Executive Director Beautiful Beginnings Child
Elmwood Ave. Providence, RI 02907
a director of an urban early learning center. I feel that
professional development for educators is highly important.
Laura Mason Zeisler has been a valuable resource in this important
area especially in the field of diversity. She has provided
training for my staff that has made a positive impact on their
teaching practices. Laura is extremely knowledgeable, professional
and dedicated to improving early education practices. Her
knowledge and willingness to share resources whenever needed
is a valued asset to our program. My staff felt her trainings
were so valuable and effective that they have requested additional
trainings with her. Laura clearly has a lot of enthusiasm
while providing training either on a one-to-one basis or in
a larger group. Her trainings are engaging, interesting and
hands-on. I would highly recommend Laura to anyone who needs
assistance in the area of early learning.
Smith Hill Early Childhood Learning Center
have known Laura Mason Zeisler since 1996. I met Laura at
a conference at Rhode Island College. She approached me, talking
in Spanish. Immediately, I invited her to start teaching classes,
in Spanish, for home childcare providers. Laura accepted my
invitation. At that point in time she was not confident of
her Spanish language skills. I offered to be with her always,
and I told her that I would help her if she had any problems
communicating her ideas when she would teach a class.
that time I was a home childcare provider, running a before
and after-school program. I spoke English by then, but most
of my colleagues were attending trainings in English. They
were only understanding, probably, less than 25% of what the
presenter was saying. I always took the initiative to translate
Laura started teaching the classes, in Spanish, Hispanic home
childcare providers, for the first time in Rhode Island, started
to have a clear understanding of the message and the skills
that a presenter was trying to bring to them. No one was offering
trainings in Spanish before then.
to Laura, many home childcare providers are now prepared to
work with the children, under their care, with a clear vision
of professionalism, knowledge, and commitment.
have been able to witness the improvement of Laura Mason Zeislerís
teaching skills in the Spanish language. Today I get surprised
to see how, sometimes, Laura uses better words than many Spanish-speaking
people that I know.