We had the good fortune of connecting with Neli Plouzian and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Neli, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
It’s always been my dream to open a preschool within which the philosophy is a combination between child-lead play/learning through exploration and structured teacher-lead instruction/activities.
It’s been my mission to teach children from an individualized perspective (with their strengths and weaknesses in mind) versus the standardized one.
Finally, as a Behavior Analyst I chose the nontraditional business route because I wanted to use my science and all of its benefits on a larger scale. Positive reinforcement is the foundation of our disciplinary method at Inspire Learning Center.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Inspire Learning Center is a fully inclusive preschool accepting children from ages 2-5. We proudly accept all children with all abilities and individualize our teaching procedures to best accommodate the needs of the students within our halls. Our classrooms are designed with a minimal mindset to allow children to grow and make their space theirs. Their art and academic work is proudly displayed in their classrooms on our featured art walls and later placed in their portfolios for them to eagerly share with their loved ones.
Has it been easy? Absolutely…. NOT. Every step of the way I have faced some type of struggle or obstacle which seemed impossible to handle until it became possible.
I keep learning everyday that no two days are the same and to expect the unexpected and problem-solve realistically, efficiently, and effectively. Most importantly, I’ve learned to trust myself (even in the most uncertain situations).
I want the world to know that teaching kindness and acceptance to our kiddos is what’s going to make this world a kinder and better place to live for all. Encouraging our children to learn, play, interact, and communicate with children who might be a little “different” than what they are used to is how we are going to raise better humans. Our school gives children the opportunity to adjust their communicative and play style based on the students they are interacting with.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Hummm… this is a difficult question since I am the most terrible day planner!
But if I had to try…
My favorite place in the world is to be by the beach so I would plan a day either biking or walking by Santa Monica beach, definitely take a drive to Malibu and then stop by at Malibu cafe for lunch. If we were still in the area for dinner I would love to have a nice fancy meal at Geoffrey’s or Moonshadows.
For a casual Sunday, I love taking my kids to Barnes and Nobles in the Americana picking a nice novel for myself, legos for my son, and something random my daughter always picks and spending the day picnicking on the grass. I would recommend ordering an avocado toast with smoked salmon and an iced cappuccino from Le Pain Quotidien for lunch and listening to the Sunday band that’s playing.
For a quick date night I would suggest Seaweed Handroll Bar in Glendale for the best Spicy yellowtail hand rolls ever! Or something fun in the evening in the Hollywood or Beverly Hills area.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
This has to be the simplistic and lengthiest question to answer!
I am truly grateful for all those in my environment who have shaped me into the person I am today as a mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend, and clinician.
Specifically, I proudly give a shout-out to my husband who has encouraged me every step of my way to entrepreneurship. He has successfully made me believe I have what it takes to do whatever I set my mind to (however crazy or impossible it might seem).