NUESTRAS MAESTRAS FUNDADORAS
OUR FOUNDING TEACHERS
Melina Gac Levin, M.S.Ed.
I am an infant and toddler development specialist with over a decade of experience working with families both in and out of the classroom. My passion is supporting young children and their families to find joy and comfort in themselves, each other and their community.
I hold a dual M.S.Ed. in Infant and Family Development and Early Childhood General & Special Education from Bank Street College of Education, and a B.A. in Visual Arts from Columbia University. I taught preschool for several years, most recently as a lead teacher at the Family Center at Brooklyn Friends School. I have presented at multiple professional conferences including at Bank Street's Infancy Institute and the NYSAIS Diversity and Equity in Curriculum Conference. I am an adjunct faculty member at Bank Street where I currently teach graduate students. I also support families via classes and consultations about a variety of developmental topics. More information can be found at www.melinagac.com
NIDO was born out of my desire to create a space where my daughter could connect our home language to a larger community, to the joy of exploration, and a shared experience of discovery.
Paulina Trevino-Oliva B.S.
I was born and raised in Mexico. The way I grew up gave me the opportunity to develop skills that no school could ever teach me. I spent my childhood days covered in dirt, climbing trees, and wandering at the park making friends all over the barrio till it was dinner time. I had the opportunity to study abroad in the U.S. and then decided to embrace the adventure making it permanent.
I hold a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León. I began my career as a child therapist, and then moved on to teaching preschool. Before moving to the U.S., I oversaw the implementation of an emotional intelligence curriculum for preschool and elementary aged children called Magic Circle at Saint Joseph Learning Center. I came to the U.S. as an au pair, and currently work providing child care services.
It has been an amazing journey to find out what home means when you are away, to re-discover my own Mexican identity and what I can offer to this very diverse community.
I hope that your family finds with us the great things that come when one feels part of a loving community, embracing our differences and teaching our kids about the things that really matter. I hope you feel at home! This is your NIDO.