“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” -John Dewey For me, spending time with a child is like being in a library is for others; there is a world of information and discovery just waiting for me to explore with the child. I began teaching at 13 years old, and since then I have taught at a karate school for over five years, spent two years working at another preschool, visited and participated at various alternative schools, and dedicated my studies and focus to the education world. I have worked at Hilltop for almost three years, and have been inspired, challenged, and engaged by the wonderful faculty, families, and children at this school.
The opportunity to engage in reflective practice, advocate for children and support families as an educator is one that I approach with passion, curiosity and humility. During the past ten years my commitment to the field of early childhood education has been solidified by experiences including 6 years of teaching in and around Seattle, a B.A. in Multicultural ECE, a study tour in Reggio Emilia, and volunteer teaching in the Andes of Peru. Outside of the classroom I rest and recharge by connecting with friends, paddle boarding and hiking, baking and spending time with family. I am thrilled to be joining the Rainbow Room community and look forward to a year of wonder, creativity, joy, dialogue and discovery.
I am an educator with a passion for art, travel, social justice, and great fun. My background is in Social Anthropology and Elementary Education, for which I have a B.A. and a Masters, respectively. I am a diligent writer on many topics about children including brain development, child-led teaching, social learning as well as the classroom environment as an education tool. In my off-time, I enjoy cooking, soap making, trail running, and spending time with my friends and fiancé, Ian.