Ms. Meghan – Yoga Teacher
Meghan first began her yoga practice at the local YMCA with her mom in 2001. She kept up with her practice while studying at Indiana University and completed her first Teacher Training at CorePower in 2013. Meghan is a Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher and licensed educator who has worked with preschoolers, elementary aged children and teens since 2009. Meghan’s teaching style utilizes yoga poses, stories and play to provide children with the opportunity to grow physically, mentally, and emotionally. Helping children connect with themselves and others with compassion, understanding and clarity is at the core of each yoga class.
In 2014 Meghan traveled to Tuscany, Italy to complete her 500-hour Yoga Alliance Family & Community Yoga Teacher Training. In addition to teaching developmentally-appropropriate, playful and engaging yoga and mindfulness classes at Sprouts Academy, you can find Meghan leading yoga classes at several area preschools, elementary schools as well as Lakeshore Sport & Fitness & Bottom Line Yoga. Find out more at www.meghanjaneyoga.com
Mr JD – Music Teacher
I have studied guitar and vocal performance for close to twenty years now, and have been a teacher to guitar students for close to sixteen of those years. Sometime in my early twenties I finally made the decision to put all of my chips down and commit wholly to a life of music by both studying and performing as much as possible as well as by pursing a degree in Audio Production at Columbia College. During this period in my life, and shortly after graduating, I found that using my skills to give others that gift to be most rewarding path for me and for those around me.
Between college and the present I have worked in a variety of teaching situations ranging from one on one lessons, to rock band camps, to after school audio engineering classes. I have also worked in many positions in the field both as a performer, and on technical crews, and as an acoustic consultant. About two years ago I made the decision to take the leap and begin teaching music full time. Around this time I was a new father of two little boys, Waylon who is 2 years old, and Rocky who is 3. The two of them inspired me to start on the path of pre-k music education and enrichment. In addition to inspiration, the two of them provided a (very critical!) sounding board for material and exercises as well as daily real-world practice sessions that provided much of the experience that has helped me in the dozen or so day care centers that I have had the pleasure to teach and perform at.
I am very thrilled to be a part of the team at Sprouts Academy and am looking forward to further enriching the lives of the students through music and movement.
My name is Emilio Vrdoljak. I am from Northern Argentina, a place called Chaco. I have been living in Chicago since 2002. I am a school teacher and have been teaching kids since 1992. I taught English in Argentina in my hometown for 10 years before moving here. I love travelling and photography.
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