People to Watch Class of 2015
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Head of Early Childhood Education, Director of Green Trees Early Childhood Village
As well as being Head of Early Childhood Education and Director of Green Trees Early Childhood Village, Elizabeth Elizardi is an online contributor to Psychology Today, a writer of several articles on Positive Psychology News Daily and a published author in the book Character Strengths Matter.
Amidst her accomplishments in the early education of children, she has also been planning the inaugural year of Green Trees Early Childhood Village.
Green Trees is a coeducational early childhood program that is part of Isidore Newman School, with a mission to develop children’s talents to create and think critically in a safe but challenging environment.
Elizardi loves working with children because “their strengths represent the very best of human goodness,” and she believes that, “Creating dynamic communities of parents, teachers and children connected by a positive core is a moral imperative … not a choice.” She hopes that Green Trees will become a “hub of professional learning for early childhood educators in public and private schools around our city and country.” She also plans for the program support, protect, and educate the next generation of students through Newman and beyond.