As a mother and published author to the 2 year old Mensan (refer to News/Press Page) & with 10+ years in the childcare field, Sue Athwal holds a valid Multiple Subject Teaching Credential cleared through UCLA, with a degree in Liberal Arts and Psychology, and a Childcare Program Director's Permit . As the Founder of The Modern Schoolhouse, and Co-founder of The Modern Mom & Baby, she had the opportunity to work with organizations such as Make A Wish Foundation and Big Brothers & Sisters Club, while playing in the NCAA. During her teaching career, she worked in both public and private school districts, including Pasadena, Alhambra, Compton & South Central. She also served as an NCS (newborn care specialist) and high-profile nanny to many notable families in Los Angeles for over 8 years. With innovative teaching practices and self-created curriculum, Ms. Athwal is well-known for promoting early education, and helps children reach their full learning potential. She has also privately worked with students in their toddler years, who have then qualified for Johns Hopkins Center of Talented Youth & Mensa by the age of 5, including her own daughter who was American Mensa's youngest child to join with an IQ over 145 at 2 years old. With the wealth of knowledge and demand of high-quality childcare in need, Sue became inspired to open her own location, and give back to the community.
Hello, Teacher Kanani!
Psychology & Social/Behavioral Sciences
CPR-First Aid Certified
Mandated Reporter Training
ABA, OT, Speech & Music Therapist Training
"Hi, my name is Teacher Nani and I have been in the field of education for over 6 years.
Through my formal years of education, I have serviced families with children who were neurotypical and neurodivergent. I have had the opportunity to work in different countries, experience multiple social economic backgrounds and ultimately the ability to gain lifelong wisdom through each experience.
I have seen how promoting independence and focusing on a child's strengths and interest, builds who they are, and empowers them to be confident and successful learners . My teaching philosophy involves creating an environment that allows a child to be their most authentic self, while teaching self-coping techniques that align with their abilities and individual sensory needs.
I believe the arts, life skills, independent skills and manners are just as important as education.
My biggest takeaway in teaching has not been knowing how much of an impact I have made in students' lives, but rather the reciprocity--they have continuously taught me valuable lessons of always being present and in the moment while living life fully, and for that I have the upmost gratitude.
Fun Facts: I am a Military brat, I have lived in many parts of the world, & I enjoy all things nature!