About

Yoga & Reggio-inspired Educator- Researcher, Artist, MA ’22 Innovative Early Childhood Education, E-RYT, YACEP

Hello! My name is Andrea Dupree…

I’m an artist, Yogi and educator from South Louisiana living in Santa Fe, NM. My ongoing experiences in Yoga, Reggio-inspired and arts-integrated education informs my approach to teaching. I’m inspired by the wonders of the natural world, art, technology, music, the Reggio Emilia approach to education, Yoga and kindness. I’ve taught and learned in all-virtual contexts since Spring 2020, and I continue to be astonished by technological tools of connection and the possibilities they offer.

Current offerings:

Yoga for Children, Caregivers & Educators since 2016

Yoga, Art & Reggio-inspired Virtual Learning Experiences Connecting via Outschool, Premier TEFL and Qualson’s School Live

Art & Sensory Kits

Early Childhood Teacher Trainings synchronous & asynchronous offerings available, including consulting related to Reggio-inspired and Mindfulness practices for Early Childhood Educators & Learning Contexts

Recent Professional Development & Trainings

MA Innovative Early Childhood Education University of Colorado + Boulder Journey School. 2022

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TEFL) Certification. 2020

Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200) via Wild Lotus Yoga’s Soul School Yoga Teacher Training Program. 2020 

Pathways Career Development System. 2020 Certified to provide training for Early Childhood Educators in Health & Safety, Physical & Intellectual Development, Social & Emotional Development, Relationships with Families, Professionalism, Observing & Recording Children’s Behavior, and Child Development.

Past Work Experiences

Early Childhood Educator at Louise S. McGehee’s Little Gate
(2016-2020)

  • Developed & led interactive Reggio-inspired distance learning for Little Gate families (March-May ‘20)
  • Planned & implemented Reggio-inspired learning experiences, invitations & provocations
  • Multimedia documentation of children & their work 
  • Creation of digital portfolios & class blogs 
  • Parent communication & conferences
  • Developed & presented parent education about Reggio-inspired education
  • Developed & presented teacher education about Invitations & Provocations, Mindfulness & Yoga
  • Teacher Mentor 2019/20: provided pedagogical support and resources to first year teachers

Digital Media Artist
(2008 – 2016)

  • University Corporation for Atmospheric Research Climate Stories  2015-16
  • Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government Educational Videos 2011-15 & Historic New Orleans Collection Educational Videos 2008-10 in partnership with Dreamsite Productions
  • South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center Vanishing Points 2013-15 
  • Houma Downtown Development Downtown Houma Historic Marker Map 2014
  • Houma Arts Council Art of the Bayou 2012-14 *created, produced & managed this documentary.

Teaching Artist
(2003-2017)
Planned and presented arts-integrated lessons in visual arts, digital media and dance for PK-12 students through residencies in partnership with the nonprofits & schools including:

  • Enriched Schools
  • Nicholls State University, Dept. of Continuing Education
  • Young Audiences of Louisiana
  • Silence is Violence at Hope Academy
  • Porch Seventh Ward Cultural Organization
  • Artist Residency at Studio at Colton School
  • South Louisiana Center for the Arts
  • Terrebonne Parish School System

Nonprofit Administration
(2006-2015)

Coordinated arts education programs, exhibits & performances while assisting in fundraising and marketing. Managed the Louisiana Decentralized Arts Funding Program in six parishes in South Louisiana. Participated in Arts Advocacy at the National, State and Local levels through the LA Division of the Arts & LA Citizens for the Arts.

  • Story Tapestries: Arts Education Program Coordinator, Development Assistant 2013-15
  • New Orleans Video Access Center: Grant Writer 2009-11 
  • Houma Regional Arts Council: Arts Education & Digital Media Coordinator  2011-13; Community Development Director 2006 -09

AWARDS/GRANTS:

  • Virginia Schuman Education Scholarship; 2021
  • McGehee Wisdom Distinguished Faculty Scholarship; 2019
  • National Endowment for the Arts, ArtWorks Grant, (via Houma Regional Arts Council) Art of the Bayou an experimental documentary media project I developed & produced; 2012
  • New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation; Community Partnership Grant Art of the Bayou experimental documentary media project; 2012
  • Houma Area Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Tourism Recovery Event Sponsorship Program,  Art of the Bayou; 2012
  • Louisiana Decentralized Arts Funding Program Project Support grant; 2011
  • Terrebonne Parish Arts Funding Program Project support grant; 2011
  • Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation Economic Opportunity Fund for Artists 2009; 08
  • Louisiana Division of the Arts, Artist Career Advancement Grant; 2008

….and more!

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