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 husband, Ian.
I grew up in Vancouver, B.C., where I graduated from Capilano University in British Columbia, completing my BA in Early Childhood Care and Education. Since 2008, I have been in the childcare and education field. From my time in school and being with young children, I’ve grown a deep passion for advocating for the rights of children, as well as creating a platform for children’s perspectives. I believe, with them, we are co-researchers, co-learners, and co-constructors of their knowledge. At the same time, I value the various needs of the children and families, including building trusting and caring relationships with them. I also have a creative side to introduce unique learning experiences to children’s environments. My hope is to invoke a spark in children, families and educators to think in progressive ways that truly focus on quality and equality within childcare settings. Outside of my work with children, I enjoy outdoor activities, singing, and dancing!
A native Seattleite, I grew up in the Queen Anne neighborhood and attended Hilltop as child. I have always had a love for young children and a passion for exploring. As an educator I value curiosity, child-lead learning, and promoting social-emotional development. I believe in the early-learning environment; we are creating foundations that impact children for the rest of their lives. I am passionate about working to create a more equitable environment for all at Hilltop and throughout the ECE community, as well as bringing anti-bias and anti-racist education into the classroom. Outside of work I enjoy cooking, podcasts, and hanging out with friends!