Karith Gingrow, Nimble Craft
Karith Gingrow is the owner of Nimble Craft which is a small creative business started 2 years ago with the idea of bringing the love of creativity to young minds. Attaining her degree in Graphic Design from the Philadelphia Art Institute she currently works from home doing commissioned illustrations, wood burning and diy projects for all ages and levels of experience. Besides her creative endeavors she is raising three children with her loving husband in Springfield, Pennsylvania.
Ruark Downey, Roots with Ruark
Ruark started working with children in 2005 at Gymboree Play and Music NYC and spent the next several years honing his baby whispering skills with companies such as Kidville NYC, Little Maestros, Songs of Love Foundation, Striking Viking Story Pirates, La Palestra Kids, the YMCA and more. He started his own company, Roots With Ruark, in 2011 and has been successfully running his own brand music classes, parties and events for the 0-5 crowd ever since. A Roots With Ruark music class aims to provide you and your little one with an experience that will be the highlight of your week, where your little one will learn to connect their voice and body to their favorite songs, build confidence through repetition and create a deep and lasting love of music. We’ll plant a song and watch it grow.
tegan bernstein, toddler yoga
tegan lives in francisville and is a yoga teacher (ryt) and mother of a toddler with a previous 15 year career in food systems with a focus on food justice. tegan is founder of ten moons wellness (@tenmoonswellness) where she offers movement based trainings and pelvic floor support in addition to musings, information and ideas on cooking for and feeding families. tegan has studied with alex auder (magu yoga) and is a graduate of the wakeup! yoga 250hr teacher training, pranakriya prenatal training, the birthfit postpartum strength series and leslie howards pelvic floor yogatm training program. she has also trained as a doula, postpartum doula and lactation counselor.
marissa barnathan, intermediate zoom
Marissa is a performer, teaching artist, and choreographer in the Philly area. She holds a B.A. in both Drama and Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis, with a minor in Ballet. Marissa began dancing at the age of 3 and loves to move! She enjoys teaching theatre, dance, and creative movement to students of all ages.
Kelly anne davis, tiny home ec
This is me and my daughter, Fern. I am a local early childhood educator, breastfeeding peer counselor, children’s culinary instructor and hobby forager. Born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia before moving West in my adolescence, I grew up in a blended family of 8 where there were many needs to be met and hands to help. I’ve found that having varied responsibilities in my household gifted me with resilience, ingenuity and light-heartedness. For children, I believe that social-emotional learning starts in the home and most importantly, gaining the capacity for empathy. With Tiny Home Ec, I look forward to bringing both my passions for conscious homemaking & early childhood development to the teaching table. While not prepping vegetables, I am working towards becoming a certified postpartum doula with the intention of blending my experience in education, culinary arts and the perinatal field as a chef for new families.
Leila Zinni, prenatal yoga
Leila began practicing yoga over 10 years ago as a runner looking for a way to balance the stress city fitness was having on her body. She was a ‘home yogi’ for the most part, until she began practicing with the diverse teachers and styles at Dhyana Yoga in Philadelphia. After her first Kundalini class, Leila decided to dive into her teacher training. In the years since graduating from her 200hour teacher training in 2008, Leila has continued her education with specialized training in 50hour Dynamic Flow, Pre-Natal and Children’s Yoga. Leila is currently working towards her 500hour advanced teacher training, and has taught numerous workshops over the years including Yoga for Runners, Restorative Yoga, and Pre Natal.
When she is not teaching classes, Leila can be found around town with her two sons, Wyatt (7) and Henry (5 months), playing basketball at Lemon Hill or splashing at Sister Cities Park. She has lived in the N Fairmount/Brewerytown area for 12 plus years and is very excited to be a part of the Kith and Kin community!
maestra jenni, bilingual butterflies
Jenniffer is a native Spanish speaker from Ecuador. She came to the US as an international student and attended Community College of Philadelphia where she earned an Associate of Arts. She is currently pursuing a BA (Social Sciences). She has over 4 years of experience as a Spanish teacher and tutor. She began teaching at Bilingual Butterflies in 2015 and has learned that a good education shapes not only minds, but hearts as well. She strongly believes that learning a different language, especially at a young age, can make students more cultural appreciative and incorporate that respect into their daily and future lives. Jenniffer's goal is to promote consciousness to the students' outside world and to be informed citizens and use their Spanish skills beyond the classroom
kelly filios, beginner zoom
Kelly is an actor and teaching artist based in Philadelphia. She holds a BA in Acting from the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, with a focus on movement techniques, and an M.A. in Musical Theatre Performance from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She has taught at several summer camps including The Arden Theatre and Delaware Theatre Company, and has led residencies for youth drama in Hamilton, Bermuda. Kelly also coaches acting and gymnastics, and is passionate about teaching young children creative movement!
starlita kilpatrick, expressive hands
Starlita Kilpatrick is a Baby Signing Time Instructor, certified through the award-winning Signing Time Academy programs to teach American Sign Language (ASL) signs. Starlita holds a B.S. in Sociology from Towson University in her hometown of Baltimore, Maryland, and is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Because of her own successes using sign language as a communication pathway with her own children, Starlita created Expressive Hands LLC. Her goals are to demonstrate that signing is beneficial and fun for every child; to empower families to communicate clearly with one another and experience the profound bonding that results; and to create opportunities for children of ALL abilities to come together and play while actively learning. Starlita is also wife to one loving husband and a homeschooling mommy to three beautiful children. When she's not teaching families sign language, she is helping families through her birth and postpartum doula services as "The Blazian Doula"!