Today’s flyer is Alexandra Himmel, and I am not being overdramatic when I say that she is a hero. Her life’s mission is early childhood education, and she is equally concerned with both the young minds she shapes and the people who shape them every day. Yes, you know who I’m talking about…those amazing teachers who do the things many of us struggled our butts off to do during the pandemic. Let’s get to know more about Alexandra!
1. Tell us in a few sentences what you do. And why you do it.
What started as playing “school” in my bedroom as a young child bloomed and blossomed into a very meaningful career in early childhood education (ECE). Interacting with children and watching their growth is one of the most remarkable experiences one can have and I’ve been lucky enough to influence the lives of so many children during my career. In some cases it was directly in the classroom but I think I’ve had the greatest impact supporting and coaching the ECE workforce – teachers and administrators – and helping to build systems that address the ecomic and racial issues that plague so many communities in this country. I do this work because making a difference in someone’s life is how I know I’ve contributed to knowing I’m leaving the world in a better place than it is today.
2. What is your contact info (that you want shared) please include any active social handles, websites etc.
My social media is @alexhimmelconsulting on both Facebook and IG. Website is www.alexhimmelconsulting.com
3. When I wake up in the morning the first thing I do is…
Turn on the coffee maker and jump in the shower.
4. My best business advice is….
Relationships are everything. Nurture them and respect the differences. Seek out people who are good at the things you’re not so you can learn from them. And don’t feel like you have to be good at everything.
5. My professional goal for 2021 is…
Grow my business to impact communities outside Los Angeles while leveraging and utilizing all the knowledge from those experiences.
6. Supporting women in business is now more critical than ever. How can our community best support you?
Follow my social media pages, share my information with anyone you know working with children 0-8 years old and/or their families. Share any advice on being a small business owner and pitfalls to avoid.
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9. Favorite podcast:
Brene Brown’s Unlocking Us
10. Favorite book:
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
11. Favorite pandemic binge watch:
The West Wing! I watched it when it was first on but rewatching as an older and more engaged adult was so much more interesting. Such great writing and acting!
12. When I practice self-care I…
That’s hard to squeeze in these days as a single, working parent in the middle of this pandemic! But I try to remember all that is good in my life. I also try to do something for myself that brings me joy like reading, connecting with friends or a little pampering.
13. The place I am happiest is…
…snuggling with my daughter.
14. People are surprised to learn…
…I am actually a bit shy when meeting new people.
15. 2020 taught me…
How much value I have as a professional and as a person which I had lost sight of for a little while. And my greatest asset is the strength and determination I have to keep going even when so many things are stacked against me.