MARIANNE FRANZESE CHASEN MEd, MA
Principal-Director of Cultural Arts Enrichment and Parenting
After years of teaching in New York City public schools, Principal Marianne pursued a career in creative arts counseling and developed the LOVING AUTHORITY approach to parenting at Kid Esteem. Marianne's book THE SACRED WEAVE OF MOTHERING (2002, Aslan Publishing) continues to provide comfort, guidance and inspiration for thousands of mothers and parents. An accomplished poet and playwright, Principal Marianne has made numerous guest appearances on nationally syndicated radio and television shows in many markets around the country, discussing her perspective on women's and family issues, spiritual growth, psychological healing and the role that creative arts needs to play in education and child development.
ROSALIE FRANZESE NAPOLITANO MA
Director of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum
Ms. Rosalie is a New York State Certified Teacher, Reading Specialist, Staff Developer, former Adjunct Professor at NYU and the recipient of the New York City Board of Education's Distinguished Teacher Award in 1996 and Teacher of the Year Award in 1998. Her bestselling books READING AND WRITING IN KINDERGARTEN: A PRACTICAL GUIDE (2002, Scholastic), TWENTY READING AND WRITING CENTERS: FUN LITERACY-BUILDING CENTERS AND (2005, Scholastic), and POEMS FOR TEACHING HIGH FREQUENCY WORDS IN KINDERGARTEN AND FIRST GRADE (2011, Scholastic), along with her deeply held belief that reading and writing should be a positive and joyous experience that builds self-esteem, have transformed literacy learning for over a quarter million students.