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DOMI MAIGUT

ENRICHMENT PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Specialty Teacher. My expertise lies in teaching Artificial Intelligence (AI), coding, and specialty Art classes. I am thrilled to bring the wonders of technology and creativity to our young learners in education.

 

Tell us a little bit about your story

Although originally from Romania, I embarked on a journey to the United States at the age of 20 for my studies. I’ve earned an AS degree in Early Childhood Education and came within a semester of completing my BA in Graphic Design. Now, as a proud mother to a son pursuing Electrical Engineering, my household is joyfully shared with three feline companions because it’s a circumstance I never anticipated.

Tell us about how you got into the early childhood industry
I graduated as an elementary school teacher in Romania. When I had the opportunity to come to the United States I applied to Quincy College in Boston MA and graduated with an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. I have continued to work in childcare ever since.

What is the best thing about working in childcare?
It is rewarding to see how children learn and how excited they are to discover something new.

What is an innovator to you?
An innovator is a leader who uses creativity, problem-solving, and critical thinking to think outside the box. Moreover, they find solutions to problems through their innovative approach.

Who has been your most meaningful mentor?
I have two: Prof. Radu Florescu and Erika Seger.

What would you like to see in the future of the early childhood industry?

Children learn best through experiences, so I would like to see and create memorable experiences for them.

What do you like to do for fun?

Read, watch international movies and TV shows, listen to eclectic music, jump with a parachute, travel, learn new languages, and savor hot air balloon rides. Additionally, embrace new experiences and broaden your horizons.

What’s your favorite meal?
Chocolate and pasta

If you could go to dinner with anybody, living or dead, who would it be?
Can Yaman

Spirit Animal?
I took a test and it came out Lion.

Your favorite Halloween costume?
Witch on a broom.

If you could go to a concert by any artist, who would it be?
Tough one! Mostly into 80’s rock or metal bands. However, I appreciate diverse musical genres from time to time. I would want to go to the Vienna New Year’s Concert, especially the one conducted by Herbert von Karajan.

Favorite movie/TV show?
Pride and Prejudice/ Engrenages


ashley

ASHLEY DURSKI

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR at Young Innovators Academy-Oviedo

Former teacher, now a versatile assistant director at Oviedo. However, I want to continue my growing passion by helping children reach their highest potential through exploration and innovation.

Tell us a little bit about your story
I worked at another daycare years ago. I have always loved working with children. However, throughout college, I worked as a pediatric sleep technician, diagnosing children with apnea and other sleep-related issues. I earned a degree in marketing, but I have yet to use it. I enjoy working with children so that is what brought me back to the industry.

Tell us about how you got into the early childhood industry

I worked in the early childhood class in high school, and consequently, I loved seeing the preschool class grow throughout the year.

What is the best thing about working in childcare?

Observing the unique progress and exploration of each child, in addition, provides a comprehensive insight into their individual development.

What is an innovator to you?
My sense of creativity, curiosity, and problem-solving, therefore, play a significant role in shaping my approach to various aspects of life.

Who has been your most meaningful mentor?

My mother, who is an educator, has always inspired me to pursue knowledge. Additionally, her passion for teaching has shaped my educational journey.

What would you like to see in the future of the early childhood industry?
To see technology continually incorporated.

What do you like to do for fun?
I like to tan, shop, go to the gym, and relax!

What’s your favorite meal?
Chicken Alfredo

If you could go to dinner with anybody, living or dead, who would it be?
My grandfather

Spirit Animal?
Hawk

Your favorite Halloween costume?
A Deer

If you could go to a concert by any artist, who would it be?
Rufus du Sol

Favorite movie/TV show?
Planet Earth


alexis winter garden

ALEXIS GOLDSMITH

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR at Young Innovators Academy- Winter Garden

I’ve been in the Early Education Field for 11 years; consequently, I have gained valuable experience and insights into the importance of early childhood development. I’ve worked with all ages from infants to VPK; therefore, my expertise spans a wide range of developmental stages. Family is very important to me because I have a little brother, and my mom and dad provide a strong support system and a sense of belonging. We’re a close-knit team; consequently, our strong bond facilitates seamless collaboration and the achievement of our goals. I enjoy playing games and watching movies because they provide a great way to relax and unwind after a busy day.

Tell us a little bit about your story
I’ve been in the Education field since I was 14 years old. I worked with all ages from infants to second grade. I found my comfort in teaching VPK this last school year. This is my first time in an admin position.

Tell us about how you got into the early childhood industry
I got into the industry by accident. I needed volunteer hours in middle school, so I signed up with the Orlando Science Center volunteer program. The only program that had availability was the summer camp, but that’s what I didn’t want. I ended up enjoying my time, and the rest is history!

What is the best thing about working in childcare?

The best thing is building relationships with the families because it creates lasting connections and fosters a sense of community.

What is an innovator to you?

An innovator is someone who looks outside the box and thinks in unconventional ways, so they can bring fresh perspectives to challenges and drive creative solutions.

Who has been your most meaningful mentor?
My most meaningful mentor was my High School ECE teacher because Robyn Strange not only imparted knowledge but also provided guidance and support throughout my academic journey. She saw my passion for education and nurtured it. She inspired me to take the education field seriously.  

What would you like to see in the future of the early childhood industry?
I would like to see more women owning the field because their diverse perspectives can contribute to innovation and progress in meaningful ways.

What do you like to do for fun?

Playing games, whether they’re board games, video games, or outdoor games, provides entertainment and opportunities for social interaction.

What’s your favorite meal?

I could eat tacos and French fries forever, but I know I should maintain a balanced diet for better health.

If you could go to dinner with anybody, living or dead, who would it be?
I’m going to have dinner with Micheal B. Jordan, so I’m excited and looking forward to an enjoyable evening.

Spirit Animal?
The giraffe is known for its long neck and distinctive spots, but it is also a fascinating example of adaptation in the animal kingdom.

Your favorite Halloween costume?
Don’t celebrate the holiday because it holds no personal significance for me.

If you could go to a concert by any artist, who would it be?
Beyoncé and Ariana Grande are both incredibly talented artists, but each has a unique style and vocal prowess that sets them apart in the music industry.

Favorite movie/TV show?
“Where the Heart Is,” and my favorite TV show: “The Office,” because they both offer a perfect blend of heartwarming moments and comedic brilliance.



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