Bio - Jamaica Stevens
Jamaica Stevens has over 7 years of experience teaching in a Preschool. Her teaching experience has included head teacher and co director positions. She has studied Early Childhood Education (ECE) since 1998, completing over 40 ECE units. She has attended many Bay Area conferences and holds a California State Teaching Permit.
In 1990 Jamaica began studying dance and continues to do so. Her training has included ballet, jazz, modern, hip hop, ballroom, African, hula, salsa, tap, and country line dancing. She performed with the College of Marin Dance Company from 1999-2005 and competed as a cheerleader for four years. Over the past 16 years health and fitness has become a large part of Jamaica’s life she hopes to expose children to the joy of exercise and fitness through dance, creative movement and yoga.
Music and dance go hand in hand; Jamaica grew up singing in a choir and performing in musicals. She studied drama for 7 years and sang for the Glide Ensemble for 15 years.
Jamaica became interested in other cultures through studying dance and music and began to travel. She has visited over 25 different countries across the globe. When she travels she makes seeing cultural dance and music performances a priority. Jamaica is always creating new and exciting ways to integrate her travel experiences into JAMaROO Kids curriculum. She uses a variety of world music and often picks up teaching materials while abroad. Jamaica thinks globally, but acts locally, striving to make this world a better place by enriching life’s of children.
Currently Jamaica leads a team of educators who specialize in creating and teaching developmentally appropriate enrichment programs for young children at over 130 schools, childcare centers and community venues throughout the Bay Area. Jamaica strives to be active within the ECE community through leading workshops, presenting at conferences, participating in community events and hosting networking events for professionals within the industry.