Outside Voices Early Learning:
Because we just have to SHOUT about early learning!
Outside Voices is a site for early childhood educators, full of resources, tips and tricks and all of the latest research in the field of early education. Outside Voices is run by two early learning professionals who currently work as coaches for early childhood teachers and childcare providers.
Lynsey has always loved teaching, and initially wanted to teach middle school. However, the reality of the job market landed her in a Pre-K classroom, and she fell in love. After several years of teaching, she worked for several years as an assistant director in a very large child care center. Now, she serves as a coach and mentor to early learning programs. She is passionate about supporting early childhood educators because they should be valued and appreciated for the important job that they do. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Early Childhood Education, in addition to being a foster parent. When she’s not spending time in preschool classrooms (or doing homework), she enjoys reading and crocheting.
Jesi was born in central Minnesota. After a brief time spent in Chicago going to school for journalism and film, she found a passion for early learning while working as a photographer. She completed a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Human Relations at Saint Cloud State University, then spent a few years as a toddler teacher, in addition to teaching music from infants through Pre-K. She moved to Portland, Oregon in 2015 where she spent some time as an infant and toddler teacher in a Reggio-inspired center before taking a job as a coach for early childhood educators. She has a passion for Reggio Emilia, Waldorf and Montessori education as well as working to create culturally competent schools and advocating for teachers in the field. Currently she is working on completing a Master’s degree in Constructivism in ECE at Portland State University. Her favorite thing about her work is knowing she is helping to make the world a better place for kids. She lives with her husband Matt, young daughter Norah and dog Archer in Oregon.