I am an early childhood educator, a psychotherapist, and a writer. The order of these roles moves around daily. Truth: I love all 3 equally, the balance adjusts daily.
I believe in community. In 1998, The Bureau of Education and Research filmed a teaching video in my classroom as a model for how to use learning centers to maximize student’s potential. I was dedicated and persistent in the vision of building a classroom community. My attendance rate and student’s academic gains supported my work.
I believe in honoring all families. In 1999, I moved to Bozeman, Montana, with my husband. Both my sons were born in this beautiful small town. As a full-time mother, I was able to volunteer La Leche League leader for new mothers. The preciousness of time during the infant-toddler years is not to be overlooked. I believe that the first years of brain development set the stage for the future growth and development for children.
I believe in teaching emotional literacy to build healthy relationships. I returned to Boulder, CO to earn my master’s degree in counseling from Naropa University in 2010. In 2016, I began my graduate work with the Public Education Business Collaborative (PEBC/Boettcher Residency Program). I earned a second master’s degree in education with an endorsement in early childhood education from Adams State University. I am committed to encouraging early childhood centers to be the best they can be for our most precious resource: our young children.