June 18th, 2014
A few months ago I was asked by one of my oldest childhood friends Joanne Babalis to come and speak to her kindergarten class about photography and snap some fun photographs while I was there. I was so excited, I had only seen Joanne’s classroom through her Instagram and knowing Joanne’s passion and deep love for teaching, creativity and arts & crafts I knew I was in for a treat. But what awaited me when I arrived went beyond anything I could have imagined. I didn’t walk into a kindergarten classroom I walked into a magical kids wonderland. I was speechless.
When we were kids Joanne and I would lock ourselves up in the basement and do arts and crafts all day long. I remember coming home and explaining to my parents how I needed an art table too just like Joanne’s! lol luckily my parents have supported my creativity since I was a child and they turned a corner of our unfinished basement into my little art area.
Joanne taught and inspired me so much as a kid, walking into her kindergarten classroom was like walking back into my childhood. An explosion of creativity, fun and wonder. I could see how much her students absolutely adored her (oh my gosh what a cute bunch of kids!) and it made me proud to see that she is still inspiring creativity into all her students just as she did for me.