Nathalie Medina

Dr. Nathalie Medina is a graduate of the PLACE Corps program, and was assigned its first Kindergarten PLACEment. She received her Masters degree in Child and Adolescent Literacy from LMU and her Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from USC. Dr. Medina has fourteen years of experience as a teacher, university professor, and consultant in early childhood education. She taught Kindergarten, Transitional Kindergarten (TK), and preschool at St. Columbkille, American Martyrs, and LMU’s Children’s Center, respectively. Dr. Medina is an adjunct faculty member at Mount Saint Mary’s University, where she prepares early childhood teachers in emergent literacy, math, and science content areas. She assisted the Department of Catholic Schools in creating the TK curriculum and professional development for principals and TK teachers in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Dr. Medina recently served as the Executive Director of Early Childhood Programs at St. Joseph’s School.


Welcome to ADLA TK!

Skill Level:  Everyone

Audience: Principals, Instructional Leaders, and Admins with a TK or planning to open one, TK Teachers

This workshop will provide an overview of the ADLA TK standards in the context of early childhood theories, as well as its alignment with preschool and kindergarten standards. We will explore ADLA curriculum units and routines, as well as receive resources to help you with the first ten weeks of TK.

Learning objectives:
(1) Explain the importance of socio-emotional development in TK children and the vital role teachers play in that development
(2) Practice how to implement ADLA TK standards with curriculum and routines in the classroom within the first ten weeks of school
(3) Utilize curriculum website resources for the first ten weeks of TK.