Big Kids Teachers
JoelI manage Hilltop’s professional development Institute, including coordinating professional visits, trainings, coaching, and other opportunities for collaboration between Hilltop educators and the larger early learning community.
I came to Hilltop in the Spring of 2010 as an intern in the Beach Room. Shortly thereafter, I also began work in the Big Kids program. In the fall of 2014, I shifted out of the classroom and into a new role as the business manager of Hilltop’s professional development Institute. In my time at Hilltop, I have learned much from its very unique environment, educational philosophy, approach to working with children, and, of course, community. And in my role with Hilltop’s Institute, I am honored to have the opportunity to build systems for sharing that learning with the larger early learning community. I have a B.A. in Children, Youth & Family Studies and am working on my M.A. in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College.
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.