Beanstalk Preschool was founded by Tina Giangrante and Joanne Jones, M.Ed. Driven by their passion to make sure children enthusiastically embrace life-long learning, together they decided to embark on a wonderful journey to educate, excite and engage the young learner. Together they made a commitment to provide all the children they serve with a safe and welcoming environment that nurtures all facets of early childhood development. Using strategies that include Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligences, Reggio Emilia's belief that children's interests drive projects and lesson planning, and Maria Montessori's quest for education to be a natural process that fosters self-esteem, independence and respect for others, Beanstalk was founded.
Joanne's experience as a teacher demonstrated the value in project based learning. From working on various projects of interest to the students, she witnessed first hand, children become excited about learning and pride in their ability to articulate it.
A lifelong bond was formed
Consequently, Tina enrolled at LaSalle and earned her degree in K-12 teacher of the handicapped. She then studied principalship at Widener University and taught special education in New Jersey for several years. After moving back to her hometown of Philadelphia, Tina again furthered her education by becoming certified in the highly-regarded Wilson Reading System (WRS) and established the first WRS program at her school. The principles of WRS--a research based, multisensory learning approach that takes into account multiple forms of intelligence and considers the whole child--remain with her to this day. Over the course of her 31-year career, Tina has successfully instructed dozens of Philadelphia students, who may otherwise never have been able to read.
Tina and Joanne have had great successes helping hundreds of children to dramatically improve their academic standing and emotional wellbeing. By teaming up in their common values, Joanne and Tina decided to employ a basic principle of showing each student love and respect first, in order to gain their trust and instill in them a sense of self worth. This is the foundation that Beanstalk was built on, and the first step toward helping students achieve happiness and success