I am originally from a small town in New Mexico but spent the last 6 years living in New York City. I have relocated to Seattle to be (relatively) closer to family. I am very excited to explore all that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. I have a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Arizona and a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from Northern Arizona University. I love teaching and helping young learners being their journey toward a lifetime of inquiry and exploration. My goal is to contribute in the creation of a warm and nurturing environment where each child feels good about their accomplishments each day. When I am not teaching I enjoy going to museums, the ballet or theater, hiking, and trying out new restaurants.
I have great memories of my own time in preschool and elementary, where I remember my teachers helping me to explore my every curiosity and being incredibly encouraging in doing so. It’s so awesomely fulfilling to now be on the teacher end of that exchange. My formal education consists of an Associates of Arts degree with a focus on Psychology, as well as additional courses in counseling and topics in early childhood education. In my free time, I hang out with friends and family, cook (and eat), ride bicycles, go on long walks, take hikes, enjoy good beer, listen to (and play) music, read, write, make art and do yoga.
I have worked with young children and their families for most of my adult life and have been at Hilltop since 2010. I believe that an emotionally resilient child with a strong social skill set will always be an inquisitive and successful learner. I am as passionate in my ongoing exploration of social justice as I am about the correct spelling of every dinosaur – the latter being, in my experience, no small task when working with preschoolers.