The TeamTime4Tots team is made up of a family of five talented women with backgrounds in education, business and social work with a shared passion for community engagement in early childhood development and socialization.
Read more about our awesome team's individual profiles below.
Amber is the owner of TeaTime4Tots and mother of two daughters, residing in rural northeast Pennsylvania. Amber is an honors graduate with a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in International Management from AIU, London and a Bachelors of Science (BS) from Ai- Hollywood, California. Amber’s professional career has been in management consulting and operations with companies in Los Angeles, London, Chicago and San Francisco mostly in the technology space. Since 2013, Amber has focused on her most important role to date; being a mother! Within this role as a mother she developed a passion for community focus on baby and toddler development, engagement and parent socialization. Amber became a new mother while residing in England and found participating in baby and toddler activities to be the most valuable experience on her motherhood journey. Participating in these activities provided Amber skills to be more confident in interacting with her babies, introduced her to life long friends, and enhanced the development and social skills of her daughters immensely. When relocating to Amber’s hometown in Northeast Pennsylvania with her then 2 year old and 8 month old daughters, her passion for a community of parents, grandparents, and carers grew as she saw the need and want for such a community. Amber is excited to use her business background and experience from previous operational roles to also provide an economic opportunity for those that are interested in hosting their own sessions!
Key Contributor & Leader
Mandi is a Bloomsburg University Alumni, with a Bachelor’s degree in generalist social work, a minor in sociology, and a concentration in children, family, and youth. While at the university, Mandi was active in the community by participating in the Big Brother Big Sister program. This involved working closely with adolescents in order to develop positive relationships, ethics and morals. Mandi also gained experience working directly with pre- school aged children during an internship at a local preschool. During this time, Mandi was able to develop her knowledge and skills of engaging not only the child; but also the family unit in child development. Upon graduating, Mandi spent a three month period abroad to provide individualized care for a toddler and attended toddler development classes with her. Since 2014 Mandi worked directly with adolescences on a daily basis in multiple environments, to engage children’s natural supports in child development. Specifically, this role involved working directly with children who have behavioral issues, as well as, individuals on the spectrum. Mandi has multiple trainings in Applied Behavioral Analysis, which is based on the principles of learning theory and focuses on teaching and improving socially significant behaviors. Mandi also has extensive experience working with children who have experienced severe trauma and abuse in group setting. Mandi has a deep understanding and knowledge of how trauma affects child development. She has developed group activities to facilitate children in meeting individualized goals focused on improving their overall well-being. Mandi is CPR certified and trained in handling crisis situations and continues to obtain trainings and education specific to working with children directly. Mandi has a passion for working with children and best developing adolescents’ individuality and developmentally. Mandi works with TeaTime4Tots to develop the sensory curriculum featured in our sessions and also partners with TeaTime4Tots as a Key Leader of sessions.
Key Contributor & Leader
Gretchen is a district librarian for students kindergarten thru 12th grade, teaching in a classroom setting for Kindergarten thru 8th grade. She is an honors graduate of Kutztown University with a bachelors in Library Science and a Masters degree in Instructional Education. Gretchen has been teaching since 2008, working within a local school district for 19+ years and is a trained member of a SAP, team which is student assisted programs designed to target children with mental and emotional issues. She has served on nutritional and communication committees, and has taken advanced courses in developmental reading. As a teacher and a mother of four successful college graduates, Gretchen is passionate about childhood development at all stages and has participated as a key contributor to the TeaTime4Tots curriculum. Her enthusiasm for instilling creativity and imagination in children will shine through in the curriculum as well as in her hosted sessions!
Contributor and Leader
Jamie graduated magna cum laude dean’s list from Bloomsburg University with a Bachelors Degree in early childhood and elementary education. She was a group supervisor in a 2-3 year old preschool class for two years. During this time she developed an accredited "Creative Curriculum" full of sensory activities for the toddler age group. Jamie spent six years as a long term substitute teacher for Kindergarten through 4th grade, as well as taught summer school. She also spent time fulfilling her passion for teaching by tutoring in private homes as well as working at a summer day camp. Jamie now works as an administrator within the medical field and since 2017 has been focusing on being a wonderful mother to her two children. Jamie expresses her passion for children and community by serving as an administrator for her local area’s “Mama’s” facebook page which brings together and supports parents through an online community. Jamie has provided invaluable knowledge and materials to help create the TeaTime4Tots curriculum to encourage a fun learning environment for our little learners.
Contributor & HR Manager
Nikki Black is a Bloomsburg University Alumni with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a concentration in Human Resources. Nikki graduated college with honors and was involved in numerous organizations, clubs and sports. While studying at Bloomsburg University, Nikki worked at a local child care center. Here she was able to assist the children in developing their cognitive, social, and motor skills. Since a young age, Nikki has always had a strong passion for children, which is one of the reasons she is an asset to our team. Nikki has over 8 years of combined business and human resources experience and education, and is looking forward to continuing to apply her skills and abilities to help TeaTime4Tots create opportunities for individuals to run their own business.