Aaron Goldschimdt is the founder and director of Shine, New York’s leading provider of pop-up classes, parties, workshops and camps for kids. Known for its thoughtful, innovative, and creative programming, Shine offers traditional teaching philosophies with an updated, modernized twist.
Aaron got his start at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he majored in acting while minoring in child psychology. After school he worked in the music industry as well as in television, but realized that true fulfillment came in the form of working with children and families. After a year apprenticing at the prominent California Street Preschool in San Francisco, Aaron moved back to New York with his newfound application of the Reggio Emilia teaching philosophy. He spent over six years as head teacher at the Educational Alliance’s Parenting and Family Center of the 14th Street Y in New York’s East Village, where he developed and taught classes for children ages 1-5 as well as helped run the department. He also created the popular 2x2 program, a year-long bridge class for two-year-olds. Since then, Aaron has consulted and taught at the JCC of Manhattan and Citibabes and created CitiSchool, a renowned preschool program.
With his energy and boundless passion, Aaron has secured a reputation as one of New York’s top educators. He fuses his multidisciplinary background with an arts-based curriculum that has inspired both parents and children alike. He sits on the Teacher Advisory Board to the school Book Clubs and has been honored by Scholastic, the global children’s publisher, where he is an invited educator to its Early Childhood Summit.