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This interview with Maija Reed was recorded on March 28, 2022 remotely via Zoom. Maija is an early childhood educator, caregiver, and the Youth Commissioner of Hudson, New York. In this interview, she spoke about her days spent with her two students--in the woods and at the train station. Due to COVID-19, her early care group went from three or four students to two. She spoke about her gratitude for the small group. Working with two students allows her to move safely with the students out in the world, giving her the opportunity to hop in her car and ask the children what they should do for the day. This has led to adventures and discoveries for the children and Maija. Maija spoke about her newfound love for her local transportation, from Amtrak to grain trains. She talked about what can happen when we let young children lead and what we can learn about a place by revisiting a location consistently. Her respect for this very young age grows with every day. She questions, what if our society centered young children more? What if we gave young children the agency to have a say on the world around them? She spoke about her experience at Reggio Emilia and the inspiration of a society that respects and sees the importance of holding space for children. She spoke about the populations of society that are pushed to the side in the United States and how making change would have to start with values. She also spoke about her hopes to help invest in the local parks as the Youth Commissioner.
Alex Vara was born in San Francisco but raised just north of the Golden Gate Bridge in Mill Valley, California. She is a graduate of Hampshire College and a dual MFA Creative Writing (Fiction/Nonfiction) student at The New School in New York City. She’s a public speaking teacher and host of TNS After Hours, a reading series dedicated to The New School Writing Community. She writes about family and her place within it.
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