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5 Questions with Cristina Iribarne

Posted by James McEvoy on Nov 30, 2017 12:23:09 PM
The Educational Forum for Families with Intellectually Curious Students on Saturday, December 9, 2017 is a day of fun and learning for families with students in grades 4-12 and open to all on the campus of Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child in Summit, New Jersey. Presentations for parents include sessions on technology in education, emotional intelligence, the relevance of learning history, gifted and talented advocacy, and much more. Interactive workshops for students include 3-D printing, public speaking, the magic of modern tinkering, creating a virtual world and more. Click here for more information and to register.
Ahead of the Forum, we are interviewing some of the presenters who will inspire our parent and student attendees.
Here, we caught up with Cristina Iribarne, Reading Specialist at Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child, who will lead an interactive student session at the Forum, called "Towards a Stronger You."
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1. What will attendees learn during your session?
The students will learn yoga poses, but more importantly they will learn to recognize who we are at the core of our being through positive affirmations, meditation and breath work. All of these principles of yoga and meditation help us become stronger in body and mind.

2. Why should someone attend your session?
Someone should attend my session because it will be relaxing, comforting and a safe place to rediscover themselves.

3. Who is your session geared toward?
My session is geared toward children/teens in grades 4-12 who wants to relax and play (Yin and Yang!)


4. What book are you reading now?
I am reading “The Power of Now” by Eckhart and “Wherever You Go There You Are” by Joh Kabat-Zin


5. How can people follow you online?

You can always reach out via email (cristina.iribarne@oakknoll.org) to share books you are reading and/or your favorite meditation book, yoga pose or yogi!


Cristina Iribarne has worked as a special education teacher, general education teacher and is currently the Lower School Reading Specialist at Oak Knoll School, where she has taught since 2010. She is a certified Reading Recovery teacher, implementing the Reading Recovery program at Oak Knoll School. She has two master's degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has earned these master's in Special Education with a specialization in Intellectual Disabilities/Autism and in Literacy Education.

She has worked at The School at Columbia University in New York City implementing the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project’s Reading and Writing Workshop model and developing innovative curriculum across all areas of curriculum. She received her 200-Hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training certification and has her certification in Restorative Yoga. She enjoys incorporating mindfulness techniques with her students. She continues to promote the love of literacy and mindfulness through K-3 Family Literacy Night and R&R: Rest and Relaxation events at Oak Knoll School.

Topics: education, elementary school, educational forum

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