How do you do what you do??! …. Roseanne DiSandro

Roseanne joined us last year through an unexpected but very fortuitous referral. She has been a wonderful, gentle, kind and steady addition to our team – always present and professional, supportive and flexible, with a sense of humor that never fails to brighten my day. She is truly worth her weight in gold. 

What or who inspired/encouraged you to work with young children?

I wanted to start a new chapter in my life, and decided it should be about what I love, so I chose to go back to school so I could work with children on a professional basis. I love to inspire and encourage children in their self development and aspire to keep learning and investigating.

If money was no object, what would your dream life look like?

I would have time for my family and friends, time to pursue further education, and time to make a difference in my community.   My family would be able to pursue their dreams and the fulfillment of their individual and unique potential.

What is the best part of the day?

I do best in the mornings. My favorite part of the day is morning play and the spontaneous conversations with the children, one on one or in a small group.  I enjoy reading with children, and love having them tell me their stories.


The part of the day that tugs my heart is when a child’s day is too long, they are ready to be done and still have more time ahead. I always look for the quiet corner where I can invite them to join me in quiet, reflective and gentle connection. I also dread trying to convince kids to quit playing to come to the “potty party” before rest!

Why The Room To Grow?

Since day one I always believed in play and the freedom to ask questions, the freedom to explore and be messy while doing that crucial work. As a child, these were limited opportunities for me, so when I was expecting my daughter, I read how to work with your child to give them respect, freedom and the opportunity to be messy and authentic in discovering their world. RTG’s  philosophy of learning and becoming a part of the community and a responsible citizen resonates for me.

What gets you up and out on those cold, dark mornings?
I believe in having a purpose in life and I believe in what I am doing.

What are some of your favorite books, kid and adult?

Kid — Raggedy Anne (my first book), Nancy Drew, Little Women and Cherry Ames.

Adult — Louise Penney, Cara Black, historical books and many more … really, I read all kinds of things!

One thing you’d like to have on a deserted island?

Only one?! I would want someone I loved, water, paper and a pen.

What are some of your hobbies?

Reading, gardening, entertaining, home design and playing with my granddaughter!

Do you have a guilty pleasure?

Reading a good book all afternoon and enjoying some red wine and cheese along with it.


About Kris Taylor

I am the very fortunate director of two small, mixed-age preschools that are finding their unique paths by interpreting and incorporating the best of the progressive, constructivist early childhood philosophies. I never forget that the community of teachers, families and children are what makes it the amazing place that it is. Each day is another precious opportunity to practice and perfect valuing, respecting and loving one another; creating and exploring community; and having immeasurable fun in the process.
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