Teachers & Supporting Professionals

Kristen Lee

Kristen Lee

Director

Danielle Mussafi

Danielle Mussafi

Lead Teacher, Yoga Teacher

 

 

Danielle Medina

Danielle Medina

Specialist Teacher, Dance Teacher

Michelle Cairnes

Michelle Cairnes

Assistant Teacher

Evyan Streitfeld

Evyan Streitfeld

Assistant Teacher

Bonita Ulman

Bonita Ulman

Volunteer LSW

Kristen Lee Langlier

 

I have been facilitating learning through play with more than 1,000 children for over 15 years. My experience ranges from 1:1 coaching, museum programs, camps, co-ops, curriculum design and enrichment programs with children, teenagers, adults and parents. In 2012 I founded Crayon Power, providing alternative learning experiences to help kids and families learn through exploration in environments that develop both independence and social skills. My goal is to strengthen your children’s problem-solving skills and encourage their emotional intelligence through visual art, music, writing, and just ‘good old fashioned goofin around’ to inspire personal connection and intimacy.

 

Credentials

  • Home is licensed as a New York State, DOH approved, Group Family Daycare (License #828831)
  • Certificate of Completion of Reggio Children’s International Study Group Conference and Immersion Program
  • Certified teacher/provider of Natural Play Therapy (NPT) 
  • Board-certified Special Needs Life Quality Coach through TERI Campus of Life
  • The Listening Program and inTime through Advanced Brain Technologies provider
  • Training in several play-based autism therapies such as Floortime/DIR, RDI, and The Son-rise Program
  • Completed course curriculum for Learning Without Tears, Get Set For School, HANDEL, RAMAPO for Children Camp Coordinator Training and Anat Benial Method
  • CPR-certified through the American Heart Association
  • Membership inEnergy Medicine Professionals Association, Healing Touch Association, and AERO
  • MA in Art Management; minor in Museum Education; Certificate of Science in Multi-modal Learning and Communication (Teachers College)

 

Q&A with Kristen

 

What’s your philosophy on what it means to be a great teacher?

I’d much rather explain my philosophy on what it means to be a GUIDE and be a teacher-friend. I am exposing individuals (age 0 to death) to a life-style known as Natural Play Therapy… that means I’m not just relaying information to children, parents, staff and volunteers… I’m living it out in real time. That requires being willing to be vulnerable and modeling making mistakes with integrity and grace. I practice the constant desire to explore, observe, show interests and expand my love for learning in a way that is desirable to others. I believe in giving people space to join me in their own time and seek out opportunities to be able to listen and absorb what they see and touch, I can encourage optimal learning experiences that last a lifetime.

 

What is your philosophy on and approach to behavioral management?

The Oxford Dictionary definition of behavior is “the way in which a person, organism, or group responds to a specific set of conditions”. So… if you flip a light switch, you just engaged in a behavior that communicated you want to be able to see what’s in front of you. In our modern education system, the word “behavior” has come to refer to children’s ‘less desirable’ responses and can at times pigeonhole children learning impulse control in ways that do not promote self-esteem or social growth. I believe that all behavior is a form of communication that should be explored and respected. We give our participants lots of space to explore their emotions and sensations while maintaining clear boundaries of how we (as a group) want our environment to feel. My primary goal is to model kindness above all else.

 

Do you have experience working with children with special needs?

My experience working with children with special needs spans back to when I was fourteen (I’m now past my 30’s). More importantly I identify as ‘differently abled’ and ‘neuro diverse’. My life experience and first-hand accounts of various therapies has proven to be helpful in aiding my Crayon Power members in their own education and life choices. Many of the children I’ve coached have diagnosis’ of ADHD, Autism, Sensory Integration Disorder and Anxiety. More often then not the kiddos that employ me express that I have impacted their lives for the positive.

Kristen has been working with our family for over a year. She has always been kind, patient and respectful with all of our family members and has created a special bond with our son, who attends Crayon Power Explorative Learning Lab once a week. She has tapped into some of his innate abilities and interests while gently exposing him to many other situations and models of play and learning. She is intuitive and thoughtful and has been thorough in working with us (parents) in supporting him as he encounters challenges and setbacks. Her kindness and playfulness repeatedly win him over. Her support of his abilities and interests has uncovered new skills and interests and have helped him build new friendships. —Eve S. Mosher

 

My son loves going to school at Crayon Power. Kristen and Crayon Power’s staff put so much time and energy into every day, creating an environment full of exploration and creative play. They focus on helping each child develop as individuals, fostering creativity and emotional intelligence. You can feel the positive, nurturing environment as soon as you enter their space. We are so happy that we found Crayon Power, it is a really special program. —Joanie Turbek

 

Kristen has taught role playing classes at Brooklyn Apple Academy for the last 4 months. The kids love her. She has a deep knowledge base combined with near infinite levels of compassion and patience. —Noah Mayers