Mimi's special love, besides kids, is "creative education" - integrating the arts with every aspect of the curriculum, with an emphasis on movement and writing. She received a Master of Arts degree in Elementary Education from the University of New York and has taught in the classroom and in educational programs ranging from Headstart to Upward Bound. From New York to Hawaii, from Canada to Puerto Rico, she works with children of all ages, college students, in-service teachers and community groups in conferences, courses, workshops, and classes. She is on the staff of the Leo Yassenoff Jewish Center's Early Childhood Program, Days of Creation Arts Program, leads OSU's Hillel Foundation International Folk Dance program, and was the poetry component of the DepARTures program with the Columbus Museum of Art and Columbus Public Schools. She taught her course, ARTS Across the Curriculum, at Otterbein University for 20 years, and presents for the Columbus Metropolitan Library's summer children's programs. She teaches her course, "Playing With the Arts," at Columbus State Community College.
Mimi's novel, The House At Twelve Rose Street,
one of the first controversial stories for children, published in 1966, was adapted for a TV Special in 1980 and won an Emmy nomination. Her first collection of essays, Teaching In The 'Key of Life,'
was published by NAEYC (National Assoc of Education of Young Children). Redleaf Press published her second collection, Teaching By Heart
. Redleaf and NAEYC published her third collection, Celebrating Young Children and Their Teachers
. In 2013, NAEYC and Redleaf published a special 20 year anniversary collection, Still Teaching In 'Key of Life'.
Numerous poems, stories, articles and books have been published through the years. An active member of the poetry community in Columbus, Mimi has participated in many poetry readings throughout the area. She writes a reglular column for Columbus Parent magazine.
Mimi is the long time leader of the international folk dance program at OSU's Hillel Foundation. She has shared folk dancing with thousands and thousands of people in festivals; and folk dance sessions throughout the state and throughout the country.
She travels extensively to "be with" teachers, university students, and parents across the country. Mimi has been a regular guest on WOSU AM's All Sides with Ann Fisher
program focusing on Creative Education. Inspiring all her work are these favorite words: "All of my children are prodigies." (Yiddish proverb) "The lesson that is not enjoyed is not learned." (Talmud) "I am still learning." (Michelangelo) "Teaching is one of the few professions that permits love." (Theodore Roethke) "Nothing without joy!" (motto of Reggio Emilio). Mimi has been the recipient of many wonderful honors and awards, but her favorite comes from a child who wrote, "Mimi, you're the Queen of Fun!"