Shaila Saint has over 18 years experience teaching in the early childhood and parent education fields. The goal for all her classes is to provide a supportive and non-judgmental environment where she focuses on respect, observation, and self-reflection. She received her B.A. and M.Ed. from UC Santa Barbara and holds both Multiple Subject and Learning Handicapped teaching credentials. Her approach to families is influenced by a number of perspectives including Magda Gerber’s RIE philosophy, the Mindfulness practices of the Kabat-Zinns and Thich Nhat Hahn, the philosophy of yoga, which she has been practicing regularly for the past 14 years, and most of all, by the wisdom and guidance of her own wonderful family; her husband Rob, and sons, Conor (14) and Kiki (10).