Janine R. Groth
Spirituality is an essential part of each child’s growth and development. Many times, it is confused with religion-based schools only, however, it is truly an important domain in all of our classrooms. Prosocial behavior needs to be intentionally taught within our curriculum. Service learning, care for others, sense of hope, self-awareness, optimistic perspective and a sense of humor all are areas we can developmentally and appropriately teach to our students. Our future society depends on our students having a voice of reason and a sense of being a part of the solution.
Janine Groth has been in the Early Childhood Field for over 35 years, starting as a teaching assistant and working up through the ranks to currently teaching college. She operated a large NAEYC accredited center for almost 5 years and then moved to the higher education arena in 2005. She’s mentored teachers for a state research grant and worked in collaboration with many of the Houston and surrounding area school districts. Ms. Groth is an adjunct professor the University of Houston-Downtown and Lonestar College. Janine was an active member of HAAEYC since 1997, finishing her tenure as V.P. of Programs in 2015. Since 1998, Janine has been a Master Level Registered Trainer through the state of Texas. She has trained nationally, regionally and locally for over 24 years. Her passion is to motivate teachers to be professional and intentional within their classrooms.