We had the good fortune of connecting with Amy Cho and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Amy, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I am from the U.K and I went to an all girls boarding school at the age of 10 years old because my dad was in the military and we moved around a lot around Germany. Most military kids go to boarding school for stability. There were some elements that I liked and have fond memories of, however my actual school experience was absolutely awful! I am dyslexic and back then it wasn’t really understood the way it is now. I was always in trouble and misunderstood. I was shamed and humiliated for not understanding the teachers. Because I struggled so much at school they made me drop all the subjects I enjoyed to focus on all the ones I disliked and struggled with. I grew up hating school and at odds with most of my teachers. I left when I was 16 years old with extremely low self-esteem and no confidence thinking I was just dumb. There was no way in a million years I would have ever thought about becoming a teacher! After trying to pursue a career in acting I decided to travel the world for almost 2 years which was an incredible experience. I discovered then that acting wasn’t for me, but what was for me was the question. I tried all kinds of jobs when I moved to London. I always had itchy feet and any chance I got I would be off to a new country. I wanted to find something to make money but travel at the same time. So many people asked me why I don’t just teach abroad – but with my insecurities regarding schooling, I couldn’t think of anything worse. I took the plunge and took an ESL teaching course. I got my first job in a high school in Thailand, and to my surprise, I really enjoyed it! I was there for a year and decided to teach in Japan afterwards. There I started working in a kindergarten and I discovered my love for working with young children. I had met my husband teaching in Thailand and we were engaged in Japan. We decided to move to America soon after. Once I arrived in America, I met a Waldorf teacher. I had never heard of Waldorf education before. My mind was blown – I couldn’t believe an educational system and philosophy like that existed and signed up that day for my Waldorf teacher training. Because I had such an awful school experience, I was deeply inspired to become a Waldorf teacher to provide children with all the patience, love and kindness that I did not receive. I never want a child to experience what I experienced.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I run a small in-home Waldorf-inspired preschool. I am a trained Waldorf teacher and have taught at the Waldorf School In Ann Arbor, MI and here in San Diego. Waldorf is a holistic approach to education focusing on nature, the arts, the imagination, and the whole child (the head, the heart and the hands). It is play-based and we encourage children to take initiative and do things themselves. We bake, we sing, we do yoga, we get outside and be with nature and move our bodies. We teach through imagination, and the children experience everything from doing. I also make YouTube videos for families at home looking for Waldorf things to do and those with children at home due to the pandemic. I also do a lot of puppet shows. I hand make all the puppets from wool. I also wrote a children’s book using my puppets as the images.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Oh goodness – I absolutely love San Diego and would try to cram in as much as possible! We would walk along dog beach in OB and have some beach time. For dinner, we would go to Cesarina, on another day we would bike ride to Coronado and get the ferry back. We would go to Din Tai Fung which is my absolute favorite restaurant. Another day we would check out Old Town and eat tacos and have some margaritas, then we would go to Balboa Park. We’d have dinner at DJK which is my favorite Korean BBQ restaurant. I would also rent rollerskates and skate along the boardwalk at Belmont park, stopping for an ice cream going all the way up to PB and having lunch at the Baja Beach Cafe. We would also have to have breakfast at Snooze in Hillcrest and head to La Jolla to see the sea lions, then go to Trilogy for lunch. We would definitely take some yoga classes at Reunify yoga and some gym classes at P360.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
A shout out to all the incredible families that come to my school. I love them and thank them for all their incredible loving support, and thank them for putting their faith in me to take care of their little ones.

Website: Amysdaisies.com
Instagram: Instagram.com/amysdaisiessd
Youtube: Youtube.com/amysdaisies

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