Mary Ann Rody is currently chief operating officer for Children’s Discovery Center, Inc. Before assuming operations for the company, Rody worked as a kindergarten teacher, an administrator, and a human resource manager. She is a past president of Toledo AEYC. She lives in Maumee, Ohio.
"I liked this book for the beautiful photographs of exciting, respectful, beautiful children's spaces and environments. Every page is loaded with visual ideas for arrangement, appeal, aesthetics, and warmth for children's engagement. I use this book to give me ideas not only for what to purchase but also of how to work with what I already have. There is a huge emphasis on natural elements, texture, light, color and form -- these are all sorely needed in children's environments today. I think the book also serves as the perfect resource to use with staff to teach them about the nature of "aesthetic" environments -- concepts such as "less is more" and "uncluttered, everything in its place" are easy to identify in this high quality, well-produced resource for early childhood professionals."