The world needs educational systems that honor both the individual and the collective, and that teach us how to cooperate, collaborate, and love one another.
For over two decades I have been a co-teacher, co-learner, director, and artist in many different educational settings. Currently I am discovering and embracing the role of mentor to teachers. As I grow I continue to learn about the best practices of teaching and learning through the relationships that I foster.
Within the community that I serve, I engage in professional development on a weekly, monthly, and yearly basis. As a community we are consistently curious about the extensive meanings and connections within the work that we do. I also attend many external workshops, focus groups, and trainings in order to continually grow my understanding of this work and it’s implications for the future of our world. Recently I concluded a training by long-time anti-bias activist Katie Kissinger with two of my colleagues. In fall of 2016, I traveled with Tulip Tree educators to the town of Reggio Emilia, Italy to see first-hand the wonder of their early learning environments.
In my 20s, I earned both a BFA and an MFA in performing arts. My background in fine arts profoundly impacts the work that I do within the discipline of early childhood education. Sustained involvement in the arts is paramount to leading a life full of creativity, fostering collaborative prowess, developing an understanding of difference, and being open and willing to accept change as a positive force. My arts background has greatly influenced my ability to remain flexible, and to be a creative problem-solver. I owe gratitude to my incredible artistic mentors, who taught me about growth, change, passion, and difference.
During my early teaching years, I became aware of the constructivist theory of learning. Since then, I have combined my arts background with the approaches of Social Constructivism and Reggio Emilia, and most recently the Anti-Bias Approach to Early Childhood Education. I have been witness to children making connections and forming knowledge; teachers learning alongside children and celebrating their fulfillments; and families connecting to each other and discovering new ways of viewing their children and themselves . The experience continues to be incredibly motivating- full of magic, surprise, and surrender. I look forward to a long calling of being with children and their families, and with other teachers who care deeply about children and our impact as educators on the world.