I was born and raised in Iran. I went to school there and got my BA in Geography from University of Tehran, and then taught Social Sciences in high school for two years before moving to the United States in 1995. When my sons started high school, I started taking classes in Shoreline Community College, then transferred to the University of Washington and received my bachelor’s degree in Educational studies. My life brought me to a local SPP program, my previous preschool site, which introduced the amazing world of young children. I am excited to join the Hilltop team and families. I believe in loving, respecting, and nourishing children to help them grow as confident and trusting individuals who care for themselves as well as for others.
I have been working with children and families in a variety of capacities for 23 years- 13 of those have been at Hilltop- as a preschool teacher, a toddler teacher, and more recently as a mentor teacher. I tend to learn through experiences, through challenging myself, and through being challenged by others. Some things I enjoy about my current role are being an advocate for everyone, offering different perspectives, guiding learning dispositions, and supporting educators in all the aspects of their important work. A teacher once told me she described my work to a child as, “she takes care of teachers,” and I really like that description. My current focus is on finding and maintaining a balance between supporting strengths and supporting challenges held by our educators, between offering teaching and coaching based on individual or team needs, between spending time in classrooms and time on other tasks my role entails, and between helping Hilltop grow and letting Hilltop grow me.