Jody Katz, local entrepreneur, teacher and creator of the popular children’s educational program, Classic Tales n’ Tunes, celebrates a decade of successful business with new programs and a community festival.
In 10 short years, the company has grown from one teacher and a class of four students, to four instructors conducting three different programs at preschools and child development centers throughout the D.C. metro area. Each program targets a different stage of early childhood development – infant, toddler and preschooler – but allows for a range of abilities and disabilities within each group.
Parents and educators requested Katz to expand into teaching private lessons, educator workshops, special events programming, and even birthday parties. The company now offers all of those services as well. Katz has also published two books with material from her curriculum.
In 2007, the company was awarded the Human Rights Award by Fairfax County.
"We engage children with different learning styles, whether they are auditory, visual or kinesthetic learners. And we include Spanish and American Sign Language, the second and third most common languages in the country, in our instruction to provide challenge to a broader range of students in the class," Katz said.
Katz is celebrating her 10-year anniversary by holding a free community festival with live music entertainment, sing-along’s, prizes and give-away’s on June 20 from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Lubber Run Community Center in Arlington.