I’ve worked in educational settings since the age of 16. Most notably, I spent four years teaching fifth grade at a public school in Phoenix, Arizona and another four years teaching preschool at Hilltop. While teaching in Mountain Room, I developed a passion for emergent curriculum, Reggio inspired education, and studio work. Last year, I graduated with my second Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Societal Change from Soka University of America, located in Southern California. For the past eleven months, I’ve been a nanny for a lovely family in Shoreline. I’m looking forward to re-entering the classroom and building relationships with my co-teachers, students, and families as we collaborate, learn, and grow alongside one another. In my free time, I enjoy walks with my husband Jason, hanging out with my quirky cats Petey and Rascal, watching movies while munching on popcorn with extra butter, and visiting my family/eating the delicious food in my home state of Oregon. Reading a good book, on a picnic blanket, in the sun, is also a favorite activity.
I have been an educator in the River Room since August of 2013 but have worked in the field for over ten years. I love working in a truly emergent program and the child-focused curriculum I have found here at Hilltop because I have seen the wonderful things it has done for the children and families I have had the pleasure of working with. In my free time I enjoy cooking, going to game nights with friends, painting and spending time with my husband Patrick.