Saturday, November 7, 2020

Parenting Pointers: Finger Painting the Future

 One of the world’s top educators, Illinois’ Joe Fatheree, has joined forces with America’s leading childcare advocate, Florence Ann Romano, just launched Finger Painting the Future, a new weekly podcast.  

Parenting, though never easy, is especially challenging in today’s computerized, chaotic world. Recognizing the stress and overwhelm so many parents are feeling today, Romano and Fatheree are combining their unique expertise to roll up their sleeves and dive into the hottest topics related to childcare and education that are keeping parents up at night. With guests running the gamut from top parenting experts, psychologists, and educators to celebrities and regular moms and dads, the dynamic duo aim to throw it all on the canvas to help parents find the colors and brush strokes to paint a healthy, vibrant future for their young ones.
Currently the instructor of creativity and innovation at Effingham High School in Illinois, Fatheree is an award-winning educator, author, and filmmaker whose accolades include Top 10 Finalist for the 2016 Global Teacher Prize, the 2009 NEA National Award for Teaching Excellence, and the 2007 Illinois Teacher of the Year Award. He served as the Director of Strategic Projects for the National Network of State Teachers of the Year in Washington, D.C. and currently serves on an advisory board for the Institute for Ethical AI in Education in the United Kingdom. Fatheree's television work has aired nationally on PBS, The Documentary Channel, Hulu, and the MLB Network. He is the recipient of three Mid America Emmy Awards and a Telly. 
Romano is a former nanny of 15 years and an active childcare advocate who believes the key for a family’s success lies in the “Trifecta” - parent, child, and caretaker all working in unison toward common values and goals. Her YouTube Series, Windy City Nanny, sheds light on a variety of contemporary childcare challenges, and her children’s book, Nanny and Me, prepares children for the transition from being cared for solely by their parents to being watched over by someone else. Romano is also a founding member of Sesame Street’s Leadership Council and on the Board of Directors at the Children’s Research Fund at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago.
“You always hear people say: it takes a village! And they’re right. It does! But Joe and I are going to give you directions to the village and BE the village for you and yours,” said Romano.
Finger Painting the Future will be available on all podcast platforms.
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