An Alumna Looks Back at her Long Relationship with Bank Street

August 13, 2012 at 9:21 am Leave a comment

My name is Davida Hirsch and I started attending Bank Street when the College was located on Bank Street in the West Village.  Eventually I completed my Masters  Degree and officially graduated in June 1971.  I was very active in the Alumni Association chairing a few telethons and also chaired a committee for the Association.  I directed the  Bank Streets Parents Coop Nursery School at Dyckman Houses.  I subsequently became Director of the Mount Vernon, NY  Nursery School.  I then became the Director/coordinator of the Pre-K and Kindergarten Program and coordinated it with the 1st Grade. It was one of the first  programs to provide universal Pre-K for all children. I was there for 15 years.
In addition, in the last few years of my tenure in Hackensack, NJ , I  developed and supervised a program for more able students K-12.   When I left Hackensack I went to Montclair State University and took part in a new and special program to instruct people who not been employed to get their Child Development Associate Certificate From NAEYC.
Subsequently a dear friend and colleague of long-standing, Dance Educator Esther Nelson and I began to travel all over the country giving  and keynote presentation for Early Childhood Educators, Head Start and Day Care Center Staff and  Children’s Librarians on the value, importance of incorporating Music and Movement into their Programs to enhance Children’s Literacy, Thinking, Creativity and Self Esteem, and how to do it.  We have developed a Program Packet entitled ” A Program For Magical Story Times” That includes an 86 page spiral bound book with supportive research, and a section with 28 songs including sheet music,words and directions of how to use the material and how they contribute to the goal.  Also included is a CD of all the songs with words and music and a DVD tutorial.  This project was developed in response to frequent requests from participants for ongoing support.  In closing I would like to report that I was awarded the
Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award for my contributions to the College and the field of Early Childhood Education.  I treasure the important contribution the College has made to my career and life.

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