Some of Our KIDS FIRST! Jurors
Denise A. Bloomfield has an A.A. Degree in Journalism and a B.A. Degree is Addictive Studies. She has experience as a Domestic Violence Advocate and has also worked in Special Education, Child Abuse Prevention and has been a Freelance Writer for local magazines and newspapers. She currently is a Freelance Writer, Homeschooling Mom and Publisher of SoCal City Kids (www.socalcitykids.com). She loves writing, homeschooling, photography, being a Mom and reviewing DVDs and Screenplays. Denise says,"I love being a Juror for KIDS FIRST! because it is interesting, fun and a wonderful opportunity!" More on LinkedIn.
Juanita Richburg Seon
Juanita Richburg Seon started as a KIDS FIRST! juror in 2007. Her interest and passion for movies and children is what attracted her to the program. Ms. Seon is an Adult Juror and Certified Adult Critic Facilitator through the Coalition for Quality Children’s Media and its KIDS FIRST! program. She is Founder and Director of Young Media Critics--advocates for media & digital literacy. Young Media Critics Movie Club teaches critical thinking skills to youth, as part of the Media Literacy movement.
Ms. Seon is the adult co-host of Young Media Critics an internet radio show on Blogtalk.com. Ms. Seon is a Toastmaster and a member of the Main Line Speaks Toastmasters Club. Ms. Seon resides in Philadelphia, PA and is very excited about bringing the concepts of KIDS FIRST! to the area.
Hi! My name is Eli Byerly and I am among many things, a chef, former Nanny and volunteer juror at KIDS FIRST! I am 30 years old and love cooking, crafting and hiking with my husband, Ben and dog, Lewis. I was born in Louisiana, but I grew up all around the country! I recently moved to Los Alamos, New Mexico and I've been volunteering as a juror for a little over a year! My favorite book is "Miss Rumphius" by Barbara Cooney. My favorite foods are pizza and asparagus soup. If I had to live on an island with only three movies (and a TV and player of course), I would choose "Lost in Translation," "The Little Mermaid" and "Sixteen Candles." I did a lot of media screening as a Nanny and I believe it's really important to support this effort. In the process, I get to watch and read unique and impressive children's media and literature. I believe volunteering is a vital part of being involved in your community and I get such enjoyment from helping mine via KIDS FIRST!
Karyn Anderson is a special education teacher and attorney. She has 6 kids and stepkids between the ages of 22 and 6 months. She has taught grades pre-k through 9, and loves to work with children of all ages. She and her filmmaker husband spend their summers driving across the country running acting summer camps for kids. She is fluent in Portuguese and ASL, and has lived and worked in New Zealand, Brazil, and France. She currently runs her own business providing classes for active toddlers, and she and her husband do musical assemblies for schools promoting character education. She is passionate about educating children through all kinds of uplifting media.
Ruth Anderson recently retired after dedicating 25 years to public education in the areas of students and adults with disabilities. She is spending every moment enjoying her family and friends and envisioning how she wants to spend the second half of her life. Passions include parenting, opening doors for her teenage daughters, being creative, learning new skills and travel. Ruth believes that every day she has the ability to help make someone else's day a little better.
Lainey is 13 years old and lives in the wonderful state of Colorado. She lives with her mom, dad, sister, and her two dogs. One of her favorite summer traditions is spending time with her family when they travel to Nantucket. She is in her first year with KIDS FIRST and is having a lot of fun. She loves being able to see movies before they come out and writing the reviews. This is an amazing opportunity for Lainey because she can express herself through her writing. Some of her hobbies include traveling, cooking, reading, singing, dancing, and making hand crafts. Most of the time, you will find her at the theatre where she performs in several musicals per year. Her favorite characters she has played are Snow White in Rose Red, or Beth in Little Women. “Far From the Madding Crowd,” a period piece set in Victorian England is Lainey's new favorite movie. She really enjoyed this movie because of its unexpected and intriging plot line, the strong female lead, Bathsheba Everdene, and the period costumes. Her favorite genres are sci-fi, romance, and action-adventure.
I married a wonderful man in 2012 and, in turn, became a step-mother to three amazing kids. My children are 9, 11 and 14. I’m currently expecting my first biological child and am due in January 2016! I am a stay-at-home mother and wife and have been featured in several art shows. I have a tiny Etsy shop where I sell board game themed earrings and dust plugs. My family and I are big into board games and general media. We have frequent movie nights and I find it important to monitor the media my children are experiencing.
Thank you KIDS FIRST! for all that you do! It has been a wonderful journey being a juror with you. Our family does not have TV; we just watch videos and this experience has enabled us to watch some videos with some friends that we would have never been exposed too. Besides seeing some good ones and bad ones we are not just sitting back and watching, we are communicating about the show that we watch. What we learned from them and what we liked and did not like about them. Now watching videos is a whole new experience with our children! Before picking up a video at the rental place I always look at your endorsed titles to see what would be best for my children. Its great to know that I can always trust what videos are on your site to be safe for my children's eyes and ears! Keep up the GREAT work KIDS FIRST!
Carissa is a 16-year-old student.
Dr. Ed Greene
Ed Greene holds a Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education and Child Psychology from Indiana State University, a M.A. in Child and Human Development from Pacific Oaks College and a B. A. in Music from DePauw University. Dr. Greene served as an Assistant Professor in Early Childhood and Elementary Education at Lehman College, City University of New York and as an online instructor for Pacific Oaks College (Pasadena, CA). He served a four-year term on the Governing Board of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and is presently on the Board of the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition, Educational Equity Concepts and Jumpstart Americorps. Dr. Greene has served as a consultant for Children's Television Workshop, Lancit Media and Time / Life Kids, and was an Advisor to PBS Ready To Learn. Ed currently works at Sesame Workshop where he is responsible for their global outreach initiative. Dr. Greene is a member of the KIDS FIRST! Board of Trustees.
Valerie says: I have been the director of the after-school and summer programs at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School for eight years. Heathwood Hall is an independent school for three-year-olds through 12th graders, located in Columbia, SC. Our after-school program includes students in nursery school (three- year-olds) through eighth grade. I worked as a full time mom for 13 years before being employed outside the home full-time. In a previous career, I was a computer programmer but really wanted to work with children and stay involved with my own children and their school. I love working with the children in my care and enjoy working with college students studying to be teachers who work on my staff. I am fortunate to have experienced teachers from our faculty who work in our after-school program. KIDS FIRST!® is a wonderful resource for parents and schools looking for quality childrens' media. My goal in becoming a juror for KIDS FIRST!® was to train my staff to use media as a positive teaching tool & help children view media actively rather than passively. I think it is more important than ever to teach children to view media using critical thinking skills.
Deepa Rajagopal is a full-time mom and resides with her husband Murthy and their five-year-old daughter Kavya in Fairfax, VA. She recently launched her three well-acclaimed movie titles for preschoolers and toddlers under the brand name "Smart Cookie!" to the North American market. She is currently working on children's books that will be sold under the same brand name.
Renee Sanchez is the department coordinator of the Ector County Library. She writes, "I thought it would be great to learn a little more about the KIDS FIRST!® organization and found out the benefits of joining the KIDS FIRST!® Jury. I feel it would be a great asset for the Ector County Library and the children we serve."
Margie has a B.A. in Psychology from University of California, Berkeley and a M.Ed. from University of California, Los Angeles. She also has an Education Specialist Degree from Florida State University. Margie is currently a stay-at-home mom, but taught elementary school before her children were born. She spends her free time walking the family dog, reading, knitting, and oil painting. She recently began showing and selling her paintings and has been hired to paint some commissioned pieces. In addition to volunteering for Kids First, Margie volunteers at her children's school, is on their school's Principal Advisory Team, volunteers for her church and sits on her county's Public Arts Council. She also teaches youth knitting and quilting classes.