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S2 / E34: Anne Gillyard & Jodi Arellano, Co-Founders of Groh! Playrooms

August 9, 2023

Welcome to this week’s episode of the Bizzimumzi podcast! In this exciting edition, your host Ashley is joined by Anne Gillyard and Jodi Arellano, the co-creators of Groh! Playrooms. Prepare to be inspired as these two remarkable women share their journey and expertise in education.

Anne Gillyard brings her wealth of knowledge with a master’s degree in early childhood development and an impressive background in teaching. She has developed a play-based curriculum that is currently taught in 45 states, ensuring that children’s developmental and emotional needs are met.

Meanwhile, Jodi Arellano’s career spans over 13 years as a school leader and teacher, specialising in elementary education and psychology. Her expertise complements Anne’s, making them a dynamic duo in the realm of education.

During this engaging conversation, Ashley, Anne, and Jodi express their mutual admiration for one another. They discuss the challenges they faced when they both became pregnant and how their work lives transformed to accommodate their passion project—Groh! Playrooms.

Delve into the fascinating beginnings of Groh! Playrooms as Anne and Jodi share the highs and lows of creating their business. They provide insight into their vision for the company’s future, expressing their excitement about its growth, powered by the contributions of their fabulous employees and innovative ideas.

Join us as we uncover the inspiring story of Groh! Playrooms and the incredible work Anne and Jodi are doing to create an educational environment that caters to every child’s developmental and emotional needs. Tune in and be inspired by their journey and dedication to making a difference in early childhood education.

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