After high school, I went straight to Western Washington University to major in French and minor in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, graduating in 2009. Shortly after serendipitously stepping into a role with preschoolers at a French immersion P-8 school, I decided to switch gears and study Early Childhood Education at North Seattle Community College, completing the AAS program in Fall 2014. I’ve been with Hilltop since 2016 when I joined the Raindrop Team and in the fall of 2019 transitioned to Big Kids in the afternoons, as well as working with the Program/Admin team on the food program, Hilltop Institute, and my role as a Step Up Coordinator in the mornings! Our current children are the future’s leaders, decision makers, and global stewards. With reflection, partnership, and curiosity, we can work to set these children up to have the tools they need to successfully handle the incredible challenges ahead of them. Other things I regularly practice are: biking, cooking, gardening, dehydrating or fermenting foods, backpacking, reading sci-fi/fantasy and social commentary/analysis or ECE non-fiction, playing puzzle solving video games, and traveling the world with my college sweetheart, Joe (we met in math class on the first day of school!). I am easily intrigued by new technologies and science, and I love to try out or observe new skills. Periodically, I work on some coding and/or electronics projects, too. One of the most marvelous things humans can do is wonder. From the first time I stepped inside, I knew Hilltop to be a wonder-filled place, and I am thrilled to be part of the Hilltop team with all the people that make it the marvelous community it is!