What is your Gymboree Play & Music story?Share how you started as a teacher.
I had just moved to California and was looking to utilize my recent Music Education degree. I had only previously heard of Gymboree after one of my preschool students in Idaho participated in a photo shoot. Walking into the initial group interview at the Westside Pavilion Gymboree in Los Angeles, I looked up to see a poster on the wall with the little boy from my preschool in Idaho! It seemed like I was just where I was meant to be.
What is your favorite part about teaching at Gymboree Play & Music?
I love that I get to build long-standing relationships with families. I get to see children learn and grow! I get to share with them the joy of learning! In some cases, I am their first introduction to a world outside of the home and family, and I get to ensure that the child’s experience is a positive one. I have the privilege of helping parents recognize what developmental milestones their child has reached. Gymboree taught me how important the first five years of life are, so I am proud of what I do.
What makes Gymboree Play & Music special for you?
Gymboree has become a huge part of my life. I have made some of my best friends here, both parents and other teachers. I have children who come back to visit me even after they are 9, 10, 11 years old. I have met teachers from around the world who share a similar love for early childhood education. While I teach at one location, I have a global community with whom to share ideas, stories, triumphs and troubles. I don’t think I could have any other job that brings me this much joy and fulfillment!
Our GymboFams Ambassadors shared some love for their teachers for Teacher Appreciation Day today! We love our Gymboree Play & Music teachers!
We love miss Rachael at Gymboree Play & Music, Summerlin in Las Vegas, NV because she makes music class fun. Miss Rachel not only teaches the origin of an artist or genre, but she includes motor skills, memorization, and really gets the parents involved as well. We love music class with miss Rachel. – Jennifer
We love Miss Diane at Gymboree Play & Music, Pearlridge in Aiea, HI she is kind, nice, friendly. She greets everyone who comes in and knows everyone by name. She allows Iyada to help her with class at times, and when it’s time to leave Diane gives Gymbo stamps and Iyada gives her a high five and hugs to say thank you. – Daria
Iyada loves her Level 5 teachers, Ms. Tori and Mr. Jerrick who are also at Gymboree Play & Music, Pearlridge in Aiea, HI. They are awesome, friendly, and fun. They love the that fact they’ve gotten the chance to see her grow since Level 1. We love our Gymboree Play & Music teachers! – Daria
We’re celebrating Tiffany Tumlin who has been a teacher at Gymboree Play and Music of Greenville, SC for 20 years!
She first came to Gymboree as a mom with her son, taking baby classes. Soon after she was hired to teach. She is retiring from teaching to become a physical therapist.
With her hands on approach and enthusiastic personality, Tiffany has developed quite a following over the last 20 years. Countless children have come to her classes and have gained immeasurable confidence and social skills. She has the unique ability to teach to the group while giving that individual attention. Tiffany has particularly excelled in her ability to challenge her children physically, especially those that have developmental challenges. She gets them do things that their parents never thought possible. This gift will serve her well as a physical therapist!
Thank you, Tiffany, for giving so much of yourself over these last 20 years. You have made a mark on hundreds of children and we will miss you greatly!!! Best of luck in your future career!