John graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder with double majors in Psychology and Sociology. He then received a double Masters at Columbia University (M.S.W. with an emphasis in counseling/play therapy) and Bank Street College (M.Ed. with an emphasis in teaching preschool age children with special needs). John spent ﬁve years as a Special Evaluation Itinerant Teacher and Social Worker/Play Therapist at Rivendell, a diagnostic and evaluation site in Brooklyn.
John leads the Toddler program at Sunshine School in Brentwood and also runs the Sunshine Friendship Circle, which facilitates children’s social skills by cooperative group play, using words, sharing, turn taking, and expressing both positive and negative feelings in socially acceptable ways.